Some residents unhappy about apartment complex approval

Some St. Joseph County residents are unhappy about the council's recent approval of a proposed student apartment complex in their neighborhood.

Despite several residents' pleas, the county council voted unanimously Tuesday to rezone land on Dunn Road and Burdette Street for Planned Unit Development.

After three homes are demolished on the property, a 60-unit apartment complex will go up.

The $9 million project will put $180,000 in the county's coffers.

But, some residents say the county should worry more about its tax payers than its tax dollars.

"They look at it as tax dollars and I guess it would be different if we were building these in their neighborhood right on top of them," said resident Randy Bazyk.

Bazyk and other neighbors worry about the affect the more than 100 new neighbors will have on their peaceful block.

"Is the road safe enough to handle the traffic with students?" asked resident Ronald Blasko. "There should be some types of sidewalks or something put in."

Neighbors fear extra traffic from the students will stress the narrow roads and pose a safety hazard.

"With little kids riding their bikes in the streets and stuff with the narrow streets we do have, [I worry] for their safety with all the extra traffic," Bazyk said.

Neighbors are also worried about noise and trash from the apartment buildings.

But, the developers plan to hire off-duty police officers to patrol the grounds five days a week to help keep problems at bay.

Developers still need to present their final site plan before being cleared for construction.

They hope to break ground by the end of the year.

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