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Homeowners to learn fate of a proposed apartment complex on Gillionville Road

If the application is accepted, this area could become a 75-unit apartment complex (Source:WALB) If the application is accepted, this area could become a 75-unit apartment complex (Source:WALB)
Some homeowners said the complex would be too close for comfort (Source:WALB) Some homeowners said the complex would be too close for comfort (Source:WALB)
Other residents are worried about an increase in foot traffic as well as more noise (Source:WALB) Other residents are worried about an increase in foot traffic as well as more noise (Source:WALB)
City commissioners are expected to vote on the rezoning application Tuesday night (Source:WALB) City commissioners are expected to vote on the rezoning application Tuesday night (Source:WALB)
The site includes this area where the Knights of Columbus currently sits (Source:WALB) The site includes this area where the Knights of Columbus currently sits (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

On Tuesday night, a group of Albany homeowners will learn if they’ll have to share a “backyard” with a proposed apartment complex on Gillionville Road.

City commissioners will listen to the public’s concerns one more time before they have the final say.

If city commissioners approve this proposal it would allow DHM Developer Incorporated of Valdosta to build a 75-unit apartment complex where the Knights of Columbus building currently sits.

The planning and zoning commission recently voted against it, but it wasn’t a unanimous vote.

Two members voted for the proposal, Art Brown being one of them. Brown believed the complex would bring affordable housing as well as an increased tax base.

However, a number of homeowners are against the idea.

More than 170 people have signed an online petition that’s against this kind of rezoning. Some homeowners leaving comments like this one:

“My family has lived in this neighborhood for 44 years. In spite of the devastation caused by the January 2nd storm, it is still one of the Albany’s nicest areas full of lovely homes and growing families. I fear that a high-density apartment complex will damage the integrity of our neighborhood just as we are rebuilding from the storm.”

Other homeowners said the complex would impact foot traffic, bring more noise, and alter the current community feel.

A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday night to allow homeowners to voice their concerns one last time before city commissioners make the final vote.

The meeting is expected to begin at 6:00 p.m. inside the Government Center Building on Pine Avenue.

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