Proposed apartment development near EastChase voted down

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery Planning Commission voted to recommend the City Council reject a rezoning request that would allow down an new apartment development near the Shoppes at EastChase.

EastChase developer Jim Wilson and Associates wanted to place more than 300 units on a plot of land near Berryhill Road and Parkview Drive.   The land is currently zoned for office space.

Residents of nearby subdivisions including Wynnlakes have vocal in their opposition to the plan.  They said the proposal could bring more traffic and lower their property values.

"I do not feel that we need another apartment complex backed up to our community," said Jean Mattison, vice-president of the Wynnlakes Homeowners' Association.

Jim Wilson and Associates indicated they may pursue their request with the city council.  They said they have tried to address the neighbors' concerns.

"We may not have addressed them to the extent they want them addressed, and I think their desire is to just have nothing there," said Carl Bartlett, Executive V.P. of Jim Wilson and Associates.  ""I think that the property is a good property to develop, and it really deserves to be developed and not left to do nothing with."

In other business, the Commission rejected a request to rezone land off Matterhorn Street and Woodley Road to allow a cemetery to be built.  Homeowners in the area objected.

The Commission approved the development plan for a Dunkin Donuts location at Vaughn Road and Halcyon Park Drive.  The city's master plans for the Centennial Hill/Oak Park Community and the Maxwell Boulevard corridor also got the green light for the commission.  The city council has the final say.

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