Several members of the council have expressed their feeling that Springfield, Mo.,-based Zimmerman Properties had rushed last year’s resolution of support that allowed the company to proceed with an application for Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits sought to partially fund the project.
Zimmerman has since purchased the necessary land on which it plans to build the low-to-middle income apartments, and that land has been rezoned for multi-family residential use. In order to put a halt on the development, the council would have to find a fault with the ensuing planning documents based on the city’s own criteria or else face potential legal action, according to Zimmerman’s attorney, Greg Musil.
It’s an option that Zimmerman has taken before. The company filed in the District Court of Tulsa County, Okla., for injunctive relief in a 2010 claim against the city of Sand Springs, Okla., and its city council. The Sand Springs council had planned to vote on whether to repeal its resolution of support for tax credits to build a similar apartment complex after residents expressed their dissatisfaction with the proposal.
Since the original resolution of support for Convington Woods was approved in February 2010, the Lansing City Council has also heard from residents on the issue — most opposed but some in favor of the apartments — each time they have considered a step in the planning process.
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