That’s at least what neighbors in the Volker area (just north of KU Med) are claiming. Apparently, a property purchased by a doctor at KU Med was slated to be rehabilitated but developers later had the site rezoned and a got a permit issued to build an 8-plex. The owner of the property claims the new apartment building will house “on call doctors” working at the hospital. The result? The neighborhood is fired up for being promised one thing, while the developer moved ahead with plans for something completely different.
I’m typically in favor of increased density, but one does have to wonder about the appropriateness of dropping an 8-plex apartment building into a neighborhood of 100 year old single family homes. The fact that the neighbors had no idea the parcel of land was being rezoned is also a bit disheartening. City officials now claim there’s “nothing” they can do to stop the development.
In true civic fashion, however, the neighborhood is protesting – calling the new development a “blight.”
What’re your thoughts on the issue? Here’s the link to the full story.