Some Richmond residents are on edge and fear a proposed development near Stony Point will destroy the neighborhoods they love. City Council is set to take up and vote on the apartment complex, which will have almost 300 units.
The sound of yard work is the only noise disturbing the peace of Saratoga Road, which Gene Winter fears will end with this addition. He says it would completely change the character of the quiet neighborhoods that would be impacted nearby.
"Everyone else senses that this is a dramatic change," he said.
The complex would be situated between Cherokee and Saratoga Roads north of Dillard's at Stony Point Fashion Park.
"Apartments are 24/7, 24 hours a day seven days a week people are moving," Winter explained. "There's traffic. There's lights from the cars. There'll obviously be some noise, I mean, there'll be 600 people!"
The six neighborhood associations and 200 people who've signed a petition against the plan say they would support offices in that space, as is written in the original agreement.
"If it was an office development, it's five days a week 9-5 or 9-6," Winter added. "The lights are turned out. The parking lights are turned out."
The developer says this is a better deal for the residents and believes he's made concessions. They include almost doubling the buffer between the development and homes, decreasing the height of light poles, adding barrier trees and subtracting parking spaces.
The developer also tells NBC12 he has held almost 30 meetings with residents since December of 2012, with the goal of lessening the impact on the neighborhoods.
Both the public hearing and vote on this proposal are scheduled for Monday.
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