A North Carolina-based firm's plan to build apartments near the Fairacres neighborhood appears to have stalled.
City Councilman Pete Festersen said Campus Crest Communities Inc. told him it would not seek Planning Board approval of the controversial proposal in March.
It's unclear whether the developer is revising its plan or scrapping it altogether.
Neighborhood opposition quickly surfaced after the firm unveiled a proposal for 10 buildings on an eight-acre site not far from 72nd and Cass Streets.
A heated neighborhood association meeting last week revealed concerns about traffic and population density. The site now is home to a synagogue, Temple Israel, whose congregation is moving to a new location near 132nd and Pacific Streets.
Festersen said a majority of City Council members would oppose the Campus Crest plan if it reached the body's desk.
“We won't support it the way it's currently proposed,” Festersen said. “It would have to be a major change for the neighborhood to even consider it.”
Developing the area in some way seems to be a foregone conclusion.
Developers hope to dramatically overhaul the nearby Crossroads Mall property in the coming years. Such plans have included talk of new stores, restaurants and housing.
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