By WRCB Staff
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- The Chattanooga City Council has denied the rezoning of land on Hunter Rd.
The rezoning failed by a 5-4 council vote despite supporting argument by Councilman McGary.
A builder wanted to build an apartment complex, but residents did not want it due to traffic and safety concerns.
Hamilton County officials have turned down the idea three times since 2003. Then in February, the 13-acre lot became Chattanooga City Property. The owner asked Mayor Ron Littlefield to annex it into the city.
The vote originally came up in early July. At that meeting the developer was face with rounds of question from residents of the area.
Residents of the area gathered signatures in early July to try to stop the complex.
Tuesday Chattanooga City Councilman Jack Benson makes the motion to deny rezoning to accommodate a 13 acre project that's been the center of a heated debate. The land is part of his district.
Residents cheered as representatives made their pleas to the council stating concerns about traffic count and safety on Hunter Road should an apartment complex be added to an already busy community.
Mike Wilson a Hunter Road resident says, "It's just not a fit for our neighborhood."
But developers say they disagree and tried to make adjustments to take care of certain concerns even planning to relocate and lower Hunter Road and add more landscaping for buffering.
Developer David McDaniel says, "Hunter Road is not gonna get change from the development that goes in there because it'll be less dense project and they can't afford to do that."
Mike wilson say this isn't the first fight to keep Hunter Road residential and knows it may not be the last.
Wilson says," It takes a good strong core of people a very good organization, and strong support."