Congestion concerns have some Midtowners opposing apartments

Congestion concerns have some Midtowners opposing apartments

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A plan to build new apartments in Midtown has been met with opposition.

Howard Hall, the home of Memphis Heritage, hosted an informational meeting Thursday night.

The developer wants to demolish the existing College of Arts buildings on Poplar Avenue between Rembert and Tucker.

A new six-story, 120 unit complex with a ground floor parking garage would be built.

Neighbors said the development would add too much traffic to an already congested area, and they said the building would block pedestrian access to nearby Overton Park.

"The idea of condemning us to a parking garage when you're moving toward less cars and more people on foot seems to move away from where the city is moving," one concerned citizen said.

The Land Use Control Board and Memphis City Council must approve the plan.

The developer makes his pitch next month.

“We think this will be a great addition to the city of Memphis, and we think it complies with that Memphis has been saying about emphasizing, ‘build up, not out,’” developer attorney Homer Branan said.

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