Des Moines – Housing proposal concerns Pheasant Ridge residents

Pleasant Ridge residents say low-income apartments near their homes would not fit in.

A group of Pheasant Ridge residents is worried that affordable housing units proposed near the West Des Moines neighborhood would increase noise, traffic and crime in the area.

Although no site plans have yet been submitted for the apartment building, a rough outline of the project was presented by representatives from the Des Moines-based Conlin Properties at a City Council meeting in March. At that time, the developer asked for and was denied a letter of support from the city to include in its application for low-income housing credits.

A dozen Pheasant Ridge residents who oppose the project came to Monday’s City Council meeting. Representatives from the group shared their concerns

We are a pre-existing neighborhood and we’re very, very low-density,” said resident Sally Brodbeck. “… There seems to be no logic to this, but there is nothing between single-family, which is one house per lot, to suddenly having 15 or 20 people per lot.”

The Pheasant Ridge neighborhood was annexed into the city in 2003. A few weeks after the transition, the zoning of the undeveloped land in question was changed from single family to medium density, opening up the possibility of an apartment complex on the parcel, Brodbeck said.

Read remainder of the story at the Des Moines Register


About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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