New apartments are being developed left and right in the City of Winchester, but one new complex between the city limits and the county has nearby residents concerned.
Right now, there's a proposal to put 132 units in an apartment complex on Cedar Creek Grade. The land is a little less than eight acres. And it's the last piece of land available in the city limits right before you get to Frederick County on Cedar Creek Grade. A vast majority of the people living in the neighborhood across the street, Harvest Ridge Estates, say they don't want to see this happen.
"There's a definitive need for economic growth through housing through medical buildings and things like that, but it's doing it in a smart and fashionable way," said Matt Vollmers.
Matt Vollmers and his family have been living in Harvest Ridge Estates for the past six years. He moved his family here wanting his kids to go to Winchester Public Schools. He's worried about what kind of an impact 132 apartments will have on an already overcrowded school division.
"What became the draw could turn into the detriment," said Vollmers.
He says about 90 percent of his neighborhood thinks there is a better use for the property.
"More traffic on Cedar Creek Grade, safety issues, a lot of things came to mind there," said Lynn Beightol. "Just weren't really happy about the situation."
"Is a high density development really going to fit in," said Renate Klaiber.
Winchester City Councilors will have to figure that out.
"Winchester is only so big," said Winchester City Council Vice President Milt McInturff. "It's not going to get any bigger. The only way that we're going to grow is the economy is going to help us grow a little bit or we grow with extra people. People coming in and living here and working here and shopping here and eating here. We need to have the availability to have that residential area or that area available for people who want to come in and develop."
This development is being called the Racey Meadows Apartment Complex. It's on Tuesday"s work session agenda. They'll be discussing the rezoning of that land because it needs to be rezoned for something like this to happen.
McInturff says they'll really be looking at how this project would impact Winchester schools. He says one solution would be proffers offered by the developer. That's when a developer agrees to pay for certain things, in this case, it might be money for schools because more students would be going there.
The complex also plans to have a tennis and basketball court. You wouldn't have to live in the apartment complex to use it.
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