Apr 7, 2013 6:31 PM by Jessica Holley - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - A battle is brewing between a local developer and a group of concerned neighbors in Corpus Christi. The developer is wanting the city to rezone the neighborhood to accommodate multi-family living. But neighbors are fighting the proposal.
Those who live in Alameda Estates say it's a quiet and charming neighborhood. Residents worry those two things they love most about the area will disappear if a local developer get his way. Garron Dean and Assoicates wants to rezone this neighborhood so they can build a multi-family complex.
"Our big concern is that he has done some changes to the development, but it still states and stands as a public urban development. We are a residential single family at the moment. It's kind of one of those things we want to leave it that way just to maintain the charm of our neighborhood," says Kenny Amado a resident from Alameda Estates.
"We are not opposed to development, we just don't want a planned urban development overlay stuck on our residential street," says Ray Summy another resident.
Summy lives on the same street as the proposed housing complex. He is just one of the 300 residents who have signed a petition opposing the rezoning.
To put this is perspective, the lot Garron Dean and Associates wants to develop is about an acre and on the street where the lot sits on 16 families currently live there. And what the developer wants to do is put 10 families on this lot that's less than an acre.
Not only do homeowners think that's too tight of quarters for that many homes, but also worry it will increase the traffic in the area a problem they've been working to fix.
"Down the road as we prepare to sell off our properties who is going to want to buy a house next door to a bunch of town homes? It's not going to be good for our property value as well," says Summy.
Alameda Estates residents have emailed council members and the mayor with the hope they will hear their plea.
On Tuesday City Council will host the next zoning hearing at 11:30. Neighbors say the developer will unveil his updated plan to council.