Neighbors upset after Knoxville City Council votes to rezone Nor

Neighbors upset after Knoxville City Council votes to rezone Northshore property

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Neighbors are upset after Knoxville City Council voted Tuesday night to rezone property along Northshore Drive. Neighbors are upset after Knoxville City Council voted Tuesday night to rezone property along Northshore Drive.
By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Neighbors are upset after Knoxville City Council voted Tuesday night to rezone property along Northshore Drive.

As we told you Monday night, this clears the way for developers to build a 246 unit apartment building at the Northshore Town Center property.

After hearing from a handful of people on both sides, city council voted 6 to 3 to rezone the property. Margot Kline lives near the area, and isn't happy with the decision.  

"We're not opposed to the multi-family housing, but this is a departure from anything that was ever promised and the neighbors who live in the county surrounding have not been involved in any decision making whatsoever," Kline said.

But the developer, Blake Breimann with Flournoy Development, says his company has been talking with residents for about a year. When asked about the concerns brought up Tuesday night, he says they're complying with the Northshore Town Center design guidelines.

"I'll have to go back and look at the notes to see what some of the specifics were, but we've addressed some of the things that have been discussed previously as far as the buffer," Breimann said.

Kline says the apartments will increase traffic and take away green space. She's also upset because the original plan for the area called for condominiums or townhomes, not apartments. She anticipates going to court about the issue.

The rezoning proposal needs a second reading to be official. Knoxville City Council meets again May 27th.


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