Residents fight Northshore Town Center rezoning

Residents fight Northshore Town Center rezoning

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Knoxville City Council will vote on a rezoning proposal for the Northshore Town Center area in order to build an apartment complex with 246 apartments. Knoxville City Council will vote on a rezoning proposal for the Northshore Town Center area in order to build an apartment complex with 246 apartments.
The land for the proposed development site is within the city of Knoxville limits but a lot of the residents against the proposal are in Knox County, though they live right near the site. The land for the proposed development site is within the city of Knoxville limits but a lot of the residents against the proposal are in Knox County, though they live right near the site.
By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville neighborhood is voicing concerns ahead of possible rezoning. Knoxville City Council will vote on a rezoning proposal for the Northshore Town Center area in order to build an apartment complex with 246 apartments.

Neighbors told 6 News the proposal would bring unwanted change including increased traffic.

"It's just too much development on too small a piece of property," Northshore Landing Subdivision resident Frank Slagle said.

Slagle said more than 1,400 residents in the Northshore Town Center area signed a petition to stop the rezoning.

The land for the proposed development site is within the city of Knoxville limits but a lot of the residents against the proposal are in Knox County, though they live right near the site.

Ultimately, Knoxville City Council will decide whether the rezoning is approved during Tuesday night’s meeting.

Slagle said there’s not enough space for such a large development and said there would be no room left for green space or parking.

Slagle also said the development would come at a cost to the city in order to make the necessary road improvements to ensure public safety.

"It's an issue of out of town developers with foreign money trying to put a traditional apartment complex on a piece of property that's too small,” Slagle said. “There's people who live in the city, in the Northshore Town Center, who are against this, too."

Knoxville Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis said the development would be a big money maker for the city.

“The commercial tenants there really need this help so it adds to the tax base of the city of Knoxville and there's been a lot of dialogue between the folks that actually live in there and the developers and I think we found a compromise,” Pavlis said.

Pavlis said he has not yet decided how he will vote on the matter.

Slagle said if City Council approves the rezoning, they do plan to take legal action and said they already have an attorney.

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