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Concerns over new apartment complex

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Despite slight changes made to the controversial Simon Hill apartment complex proposal, there are still concerns from community members about the number of units (126), their visual impact, and landscape buffering. More than 50 residents — most of whom had “limited enthusiasm” for the revised plan, according to Zoning Board of Appeals Chairwoman Lois Barbour — attended a recent public hearing on the proposal. She said that even though the locations for some of the proposed buildings have been changed, there are still numerous concerns about the affordable housing project. The public hearing remains open for written submissions and rebuttals, and what is expected to be a final meeting on the matter is slated for Oct, 16. The zoning board has until Oct. 21 to file a decision.

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