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A contested apartment complex for Alexander Drive got the green light Monday from the Augusta Planning Commission.

The commission voted to approve a rezoning request by Emory Equity LLC, based in Atlanta and Charleston, S.C., to develop 10 three-story apartment buildings, which would include basement levels and total 252 units. The 22-acre parcel backs up to National Hills subdivision.

Part of the commission’s motion included rezoning a strip of land near Na­tional Hills West from single- to multiple-family residential.

Conditions to the approval were that builders maintain a 100-foot buffer between the complex and existing homes while denying vehicle access into National Hills.

“The reality is that the property is going to be developed,” said Augusta Planning and Develop­ment Director George Patty. “The economy right now favors apartments. It has for the last five years. I think it’s inevitable that somebody’s going to build apartments on this property. I think this is about as good as you’re going to get.”

The recommended approval will be forwarded to the Augusta Com­mis­sion when it meets June 18.

At a May 20 meeting, National Hills home­owners voiced complaints about water drainage problems caused by an apartment complex behind their homes and worried that a new development would add to the problem.

Others were worried about lowered property values, additional traffic and crowded schools.

About 40 people showed up Monday at the planning meeting in opposition to the apartments.

Brookwood Drive resident Tina Slen­dak spoke at both meetings about the pool’s damage from water runoff during and after construction.

“Developers come, sell the idea, build it and then leave,” said Slendak, a board member of the National Hills Neighborhood Asso­cia­tion. “(They) sell the property to various management groups and the complexes go down from there. We simply do not have the confidence in our city, the owner or another developer to ensure this project is done any better than the last one.”

Monthly rent for the one- to three-bedroom apartments would be between $1,000 and $1,300.

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triscuit
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triscuit 06/03/13 - 10:49 pm
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Me thinks it was stacked deck

Me thinks it was stacked deck all along...as is typical in this county.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/04/13 - 05:12 am
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Hire more deputies...

...because we are going to need them when this gem is fully occupied.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 06/04/13 - 05:55 am
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I don't live there and seldom

I don't live there and seldom even drive over in that area so I don't have any vested interest in this disagreement. I can add that the times I have driven in that area that traffic is already a nightmare. It seems the powers that be want to add to the people to the point where there's a permanent bottleneck and traffic is always at a standstill. I'm sure they would love it in their neighborhoods. I feel sorry for the folks that live there.

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David Parker 06/04/13 - 10:50 am
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That's great news.....

for the developer and few buds eh?

triscuit
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triscuit 06/04/13 - 12:55 pm
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David Parker...

and for the owner, Cliff Channell, who's been trying to unload this property for decades.

triscuit
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triscuit 06/04/13 - 12:56 pm
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David Parker...

and for the owner, Cliff Channell, who's been trying to unload this property for decades.

triscuit
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triscuit 06/04/13 - 02:05 pm
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do people really pay $1300 a

do people really pay $1300 a month for apartment living, here? I could get a nice house for that monthly payment wouldn't you think? Guess there are those that don't want upkeep??

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countyman 06/04/13 - 03:40 pm
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new communities

Dixieman... I don't think you're very familiar with the Alexander road area.. There's already two fully occupied apartment communities on the road, and the crime rate is still extremely low... The Glen at Alexander is most the expensive apartment community in the metro and CSRA.
Triscuit... All of the recently built communities(Parc at Flowing Wells & Brigham Woods) are within the $900-$1500 price range except for Avalon($700 per month for a 1 br).. The community underway(Gateway Crossing next to Carmax and the one coming to the Village at Rivewatch(Avolena at Rivewatch) are very expensive too.

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Gage Creed 06/05/13 - 03:58 pm
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I guess expensive apartments

I guess expensive apartments do not experience depreciation, traffic issues or storm water run-off either?

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