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A new 408-unit apartment complex is planned in west Little Rock, which has provoked objections from some residents in nearby single-family subdivisions.

The Little Rock Planning Commission has approved a site plan and rezoning of a 74-acre wooded area west of South Bowman Road to make way for the apartment complex, as well as office space and single-family homes.

The site is between the Brodie Creek subdivision, which is made up of single-family homes, and the Pointe Brodie Creek Apartments. The single-family Sandpiper and Woodland Edge subdivisions also are nearby.

Homeowners in the area attended a Planning Commission meeting Thursday and spoke out against the development.

Many said they didn't want their homes to be surrounded by apartment complexes. In addition to the one already there and the proposed one, another complex has been approved and is under construction.

Residents also said they feared the value of their homes would decrease because of all the new multifamily construction.

The commission's approval Thursday isn't the final say. The matter will now go to the Little Rock Board of Directors before developer Keith Richardson has the OK to start work.

Richardson is planning for the first phase of the apartment complex -- 120 units -- to be open and ready for renters by 2017. He plans to then add 96 units each year for three years.

"We have spent over $130,000 per unit for every single apartment complex we've built [in that area,]" he told the Planning Commission in response to neighbors' objections. "We will maintain them. We have to maintain them with the mortgage we put on there."

He pitched the proposed development as luxury apartments with rent starting at $1,000 per month.

David Shipley, who has lived in the Woodland Edge subdivision for seven years, told the commission he feared that over time as the apartments age, they might be turned into Section 8 housing.

Section 8 is a federal program that gives housing vouchers to low-income families to help offset rental costs.

Richardson is the developer of the 600-unit Pointe Brodie Creek Apartments south of the proposed site.

His new proposal for the 74 wooded acres is to use about 23.5 acres for a multifamily complex. Another 27.3 acres is designated for single-family or age-restricted housing.

About 11.5 acres would be zoned to allow offices. Richardson also requested that a nursing home or recovery house be allowed in that area.

Another 11.75 acres would remain open space, primarily to serve as buffer areas to the north, east and west of the proposed multifamily development.

The proposal shows 890 parking spaces -- which include 102 garage spaces and 198 carport slots. The rest would be uncovered parking. That is more than the required 612 spaces for a development of its size.

Richardson was out of the office Friday and unavailable for comment on the neighbors' objection to his project.

No date has been set for the city board to vote on the rezoning request and site plan.

Metro on 11/23/2015

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Archived Comments

  • Dontcallmenames
    November 23, 2015 at 10:12 a.m.

    We have way too many apartment complexes here. Quit destroying trees and clear out the old buildings downtown if someone thinks we need more residential areas.

  • Porkytuskadaro
    November 23, 2015 at 11:03 a.m.

    I agree with there is more than enough apartment complexes (and with plenty of units in each) in West Little Rock. Would much prefer a grocery store on that location; although with the current 2 lane on that stretch, it might be preferred to not aid any more traffic there.

  • LeGrandOurs
    November 23, 2015 at 12:03 p.m.

    Hey, the area is zoned for that type of construction, people want to move to West Little Rock to get out of the high crime area just below Hillcrest, and living in the towers downtown is a single, elitist dweller special. Not a family strategy. Seems like the folks at Brodie and Woodlands should've considered the possibility when they paid all that dough for a McMansion in the woods. Guess who else might be coming to the back door besides the fox, the squirrel and the raccoon ?

  • Murphy01
    November 23, 2015 at 12:31 p.m.

    "The Little Rock Planning Commission has approved a site plan and rezoning of a 74-acre wooded area west of South Bowman Road to make way for the apartment complex, as well as office space and single-family homes."
    LeGrand, if you read the article it states that the area is being rezoned. If the properties original zoning allowed for this development you would be correct, but it didn't hence the rezoning, so hey your incorrect.

  • TheGoodGuy
    November 23, 2015 at 1:12 p.m.

    It's all just a matter of trying to get "white flight" to happen in west Little Rock now the way it did around the same time 630 was being built through the city.

  • LR1955
    November 23, 2015 at 1:13 p.m.

    A lot of the existing older apts are not up to the current codes, retrofitting is too expensive, so people with a little extra want something new & safe. The existing 600-unit Pointe at Brodie Creek Apartments are very nice and almost leased out. The Bowman Point Apts under construction will be just as nice. Both facilities are fully sprinklered and have fire alarm systems.
    Young people these days can't afford down payments for homes or don't want to be tied to a home in case their career path changes so apts are very popular now.
    Sorry you peeps in the Brodie Creek, Sandpiper and Woodland Edge subdivisions, you have always been in SWLR so your value went down the day you moved in.

  • mrcharles
    November 23, 2015 at 4:15 p.m.

    YOU MEAN IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THE GOVERNMENT CAN TELL ME WHAT I CANT AND CAN BUILD ON LAND THAT I BOUGHT AND PAID FOR? WHAT GOOD DID OUR FORE FOUNDERS FIGHT FURIOUSLY FOREIGNERS FOR? THIS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS OF THE ELITE IS GOING TO FAR IN RESTRICTING OUR GOD GIVEN RIGHTS. I SAY WE LET FREEDOM RING AND BUILD AND BUILD AND GIVE AMERICANS JOBS. SURELY THESE NAY SAYERS AREN'T AGAINST JOB?

    I SAY AMERICA LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT. OUR LAND IS OUR MOST PRECIOUS POSSESSION AND OUR NEIGHBORS SHOULDN'T HAVE ANY CONTROL OVER OUR OWN LAND. IF THEY DONT LIKE THINGS, THEY CAN MOVE, IT IS AMERICA..

  • calayes
    November 23, 2015 at 7:23 p.m.

    They wouldn't allow a lowes around there because of traffic issues. This will not help that out.

  • TheBatt
    November 24, 2015 at 7:43 a.m.

    The mayor probably supports this--- to house those thousands of Syrian "refugees" he's heen begging for...

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