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Residents upset by proposed apartment complex

A developer has proposed to turn land off Gillionville road into an apartment complex. (Source: WALB) A developer has proposed to turn land off Gillionville road into an apartment complex. (Source: WALB)
Residents said the land is no place for a 75-unit apartment complex. (Source: WALB) Residents said the land is no place for a 75-unit apartment complex. (Source: WALB)
Ruseell Gray is a concerned resident. (Source: WALB) Ruseell Gray is a concerned resident. (Source: WALB)
The land is six acres. (Source: WALB) The land is six acres. (Source: WALB)
The neighborhood starts just behind the buildings. (Source: WALB) The neighborhood starts just behind the buildings. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A proposed plan for an apartment complex has upset a large group of Albany homeowners.

They said they're scrambling to make sure city commissioners vote against it. 

The area is on Gillion ville Road just past the YMCA, where the Knights of Columbus building now sits. 

"About 80 percent of our residents are either displaced or severely impacted in our homes and they're not really in a position to take on another challenge like this," said Russell Gray, who lives in the area behind the Knights of Columbus building and 'A time to dance' studio..

The challenge? Convincing city officials the commercial property off Gillionville road is no place for a 75-unit apartment complex. 

"This is really going to impact our ability to have a quiet community feel," said Gray.

After seeing this sign posted on the land, warning of a public hearing to possibly rezone the land, Gray wanted to learn more. 

At a planning and zoning meeting last week, DHM Developer Incorporated of Valdosta proposed to rezone the seven parcels of land and create a two story, 75-unit apartment complex.

"It's not a not in my backyard issue, it's more of Albany really looking at what appropriate development is so we do have a sense of community," said Gray.

The planning and zoning commission voted against the proposal, but not by a landslide.

Two members voted for the proposal.  Art Brown was one of them.

He said he thought it was a good proposal and would offer affordable housing and provide an increased tax base. 

Residents said it would also impact foot traffic through this area, and lower the property value of their homes. 

They are asking city officials to walk this land and drive through their neighborhood. They say they will soon realize how detrimental a 75-unit apartment complex would be in the location. 

The application will go before the Albany City Commission for a final vote on March 28th. They will have the final say. 

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