Neighborhood opposition could sink plans for a 58-unit apartment complex off Barbee Road just north of Interstate 40 that would cater to low-income families.
Opponents of the project have mustered the necessary signatures to file a formal rezoning protest against the project, meaning the project’s backers need support from six of the City Council’s seven members to get it through.
That had the would-be developer, Jim Yamin, considering the possibility of withdrawing his zoning application.
Yamin’s project, called Crowne Pointe, would be partly funded with federal low-income housing tax credits and would target renters who make 60 percent or less of the area’s median income.
Nearby homeowners have made it clear they’re not interested in seeing such a project go in on the 7.3-acre site.
“We want to be surrounded by neighbors who have put money and time into their homes and have a vested interest in our safety and happiness,” said Guilford Place resident Kimberly Starr, who lives about half a mile away from the site. “If this zoning changes, we will be surrounded by people paying very low rent with no interest in the betterment of the community.”
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