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New apartments planned for already congested area

A Greensboro developer has plans to build 231 apartments and 30 townhouses on Overlook Road, a cut-through between Hendersonville Road and Long Shoals Road. Some residents who live nearby are worried about the traffic problems that could come from adding that many homes to that section of town. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

An already heavily congested area of Asheville could become even busier if plans for an apartment complex are approved.

A Greensboro developer has plans to build 231 apartments and 30 townhouses on Overlook Road, a cut-through between Hendersonville Road and Long Shoals Road.

“That's the first time I heard about it, on Friday, that there was something in the works right now that is being proposed for that development,” said Justin McCleery.

McCleery lives just off Overlook Road in the Bennington Courts neighborhood.

He’s worried about the traffic problems that could come from adding that many homes to that section of town.

“You hear multiple (skids) throughout the day when one of our neighbors is trying to make a left-hand turn or even a right-hand turn, because cars are coming so fast down Overlook Road,” said McCleery.

He’s far from being the only person concerned.

Shannon Reese lives at Oak Forest, which sits just across the street from where the proposed units would go.

“Our quality of life is going to be impacted, and what about the people that would lease those apartments? They can’t walk anywhere. They can't walk to the library. They certainly can't walk to school. There's no sidewalks on Overlook Road,” said Reese.

That plot of land technically falls within Buncombe County’s jurisdiction, so a public hearing with the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment has been set at 30 Valley Street in Asheville for June 14, 2017 at 12 .pm.

Both McCleery and Reese plan to attend to voice their opinions on the plans.

“Please come out and support us in opposition to this potential apartment complex,” said McCleery.

If the plan is approved, the developer can begin construction.

A call to the development team was not returned.

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