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Neighbors fighting rezoning for veterans apartment complex

Posted at 6:56 PM, Mar 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-07 22:06:25-05

Neighbors near Pecos and Mojave roads are fighting a proposal to rezone a vacant lot for an apartment complex geared toward homeless veterans.

Trustees for the vacant lot have been trying to put something on the lot because they say it's become overrun with trash and even drug needles.

The 2.7-acre lot is currently zoned for office complexes, which is the case with most of the surrounding area -- except for the single family homes where neighbors live.

The plan would be for a 50-unit, 2-story complex that would target homeless and disabled veterans. But if all those spots are filled, the rest of the spaces could go to other low-income renters.

Supporters say this would benefit local veterans, but neighbors say this particular lot isn't the best place.

Neighbors tell us their street isn't equipped to handle a new complex that would effectively double the population of their block.

They're also concerned with what it would mean for traffic and the value of their homes. Some said they chose their homes because this was a historic area.

The town of Paradise sided with the neighbors in recommending against the proposal. The county planning commission is also set to make its own recommendation.

A final vote from the commission is scheduled to take place on April 5.