Green resident urging neighbors to review area rezoning request
To the editor:
The public hearing for Redwood Management’s rezoning request to allow 81 more apartments to be constructed at the existing Emerald Ridge site on South Arlington Road will be Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the city of Green Central Administration Building at 7 p.m. I am a neighborhood resident who is opposed to the rezoning. This is spot rezoning, in glaring contrast to the existing single-family/rural/agricultural surroundings.
The proposed development is poorly designed and will require numerous zoning deviations to be constructed. The proposed apartments will be arranged in tight rows with virtually no green space, like the Emerald Ridge apartments already built. The existing apartments have an institutional, almost barracks-like appearance. Emerald Ridge was presented as a senior complex, but families with children are living there now. Families cannot be excluded, leading to an undesirable population density. The additional traffic created by the 81 apartments will add to current problems on South Arlington Road.
I am also concerned that [if] the development becomes less profitable, the management will spend less on maintaining the property and lower standards for accepting tenants. This would adversely affect surrounding property values.
I strongly urge anyone who would be affected by the rezoning to attend and speak at the public hearing. Please call or write our city Council members and express your opinion. If we sit back quietly, these apartments will be built. We would regret this for years to come.
Pat Carleski, Green
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