Developer pulls application for controversial Overlook apartment complex

A Greensboro developer has pulled the application to build hundreds of apartments on Overlook Road in South Asheville. But, according to the South Asheville Resident and Business Community Organization, the project could still move forward in some way. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A Greensboro developer has pulled the application to build hundreds of apartments on Overlook Road in South Asheville. But, according to the South Asheville Resident and Business Community Organization, the project could still move forward in some way.

Vijay Kapoor said the withdrawal can mean one of two things: the project is canceled or the developer will continue "by right." That would mean, the developer can build on the land as it is zoned without approval from the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment.

"It looks like to us, based on the density, that they could build a fairly large complex on there. But we would like to see what that looks like or whether it would make financial sense for them," said Kapoor.

The developer originally planned to build 231 apartments and 30 town homes.

Nearby resident Catherine Bolick doesn't think the developers are considering the surrounding neighborhood and would prefer to them to build single-family homes.

"I do understand that they have purchased a property that is difficult to build on. But lots of people do that throughout the United States and the world,"said Bolick. "They find something that is useful for them, the property and for their neighbors."

Bolick has lived in Oak Forest, just across from the proposed lot, for more than 20 years and often sees cars whiz by way above the speed limit. The road is a cut through between Hendersonville Road and Long Shoals Road.

She and other residents are considering hiring an attorney. However, they understand it may be very expensive.

"I don't feel comfortable because they're going to do something that they want to do with their attorney in the future, and we need to be able to protect our homes," said Bolick.

While Kapoor doesn't call the withdrawal a complete victory, he said it's one of many steps local residents have been working toward.

"It's a victory in the sense that we weren't standing in front of the board and we have an opportunity to get the residents together," said Kapoor. "At the end of the day, this process isn't over."

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