Stop Wheatland Crossing II! We do NOT want another Apartment Complex on N. Wheatland Avenue! Demand Better: MIXED INCOME Traditional Neighborhood Development, Just Like the City is supporting in Other Neighborhoods!

We, concerned residents and stakeholders of Highland West, the Hilltop, and the Westside, oppose the change in zoning for 158 N. Wheatland Avenue from NE to ARLD. We also oppose reducing the amount of parking required for a 60-unit apartment building. We further oppose the City’s seeming intent to continue over-concentrating poverty into the Highland West area and all the other neighborhoods of the Hilltop.
1. In 2003 when the area’s present “NE” zoning was approved by the Area Commission, they stipulated that any development of that parcel would need to increase and encourage home ownership. This proposal of a 60-unit apartment building is unsuitable for this area, will dwarf historic houses, many of which are 1 ½ story bungalows across the street, and add further population density on North Wheatland Avenue, not to mention adding even more crime to an area that is already challenged. Changing the zoning not only goes against the intent of the prior zoning change, but also is in opposition to the objectives of the Greater Hilltop Plan of 2001, the plan for The Economic Development of West Broad Street (2005), the Highland West Charrette and other planning (2006-2007), and the Greater Hilltop Plan Amendment (2010).
2. Wheatland Avenue is a narrow street with parking on only the west side of the street and one-way traffic traveling north for most of it. The parking available is already limited, leaving no room to also serve a large apartment complex. Proposed high density housing would increase traffic and impact safety forces who need safe clearance along the street.
3. The poverty in the surrounding areas currently ranges from 42% - 60+%.  Depending upon the breakdown, if Low Income Housing Tax Credits are used, this apartment complex could easily increase those amounts to 52%-75%, which are unsustainable for the neighborhood; the increase in crime, the increased need for already depleted safety services and public services, greatly diminishes this neighborhood’s chance to ever become a wholesome, revitalized neighborhood of the Hilltop.  Whereas this apartment complex project will be using Low Income Housing Tax Credits, they will not tell us what the breakdown in residential composition will be.
4. The Highland West area of the Hilltop is not lacking in “affordable housing” since it has sufficient inventory of townhomes, apartments, and even housing stock as inexpensive as $25,000.00. Affordable housing would be better suited for downtown, the near eastside, Weinland Park, the Southside, etc.; where City-supported development has made it more difficult to find.
We support diverse mixed income development. We fully support reserving 10-25% of units in any development for affordable housing, however, all development must also encourage and increase home ownership at all income levels, just as we see in other developments in the other areas of the inner City. This project at 102 North Wheatland Avenue only perpetuates and increases the economic segregation of our City, which we vehemently oppose, and does not conform to the objectives of the community for the kind of responsible development that will bring it back to the mixed income community that it once was and what we all desire it to be once again.

Update #223 days ago
Changes were made by the developer: (1) address was changed to 158 N. Wheatland, 102 has been removed (2) the height variance request was removed and (3) the AR1 Zoning request was changed to ARLD (Apartment Residential Low Density/17.4 units per acre). The Commission Zoning Committee voted yes on the Zoning Change without ever addressing it. We have made the necessary changes in the petition to reflect the changes above, so please review. The basic objection to an apartment complex remains.
Update #125 days ago
The Wheatland Apartment Complex Zoning Meeting is TOMORROW NIGHT, 7:00, Hilltop Library, 511 S. Hague Avenue. We need as many people as possible to come and fill chairs! The developer has added yet another apartment building and has made it clear he intends to develop the entire empty space as apartments. PLEASE come tomorrow evening. ALSO, we're only at 203 signatures, we need MORE, so PLEASE SHARE THE URL ADDRESS of THIS PETITION on all your social media, even if it's a repeat! Thanks!
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