Upscale Arlington apartment project could leave some renters scrambling

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on August 26, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 10:25 PM

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ARLINGTON — New details are emerging about a proposed redevelopment project that has already been approved by the city of Arlington.

At a town hall meeting on Monday evening, officials and City Council members spoke to about 150 Arlington residents. Most live in the Rolling Hills Country Club area, where a $175 million apartment project is being discussed along East Lamar Boulevard.

"I think it is a great idea, both for the city and our area," said Chuck McCoy, president of an area homeowners' association.

The city also thinks the project will be a winner for north Arlington.

Perhaps as much as $10 million in reimbursed incentives would be provided to the developer, JCKPL.

But the area in question already has four apartment complexes. Many of them provide housing for middle to low-income residents, some of whom said they won't be able to afford new, high-density living.

"We're on $1,600 a month right now with kids" said Laura Soto. "I've been here for six years, my neighbor for 23 years."

The city says the apartments in question — all between Lincoln Drive and Rollings Hills Country Club along Lamar — had more than 430 calls for service for emergency personnel last year alone, and are longtime trouble spots.

In a presentation on Monday night, Council members Jimmy Bennett and Charlie Parker pointed out that refurbishing efforts "just haven't worked."

They also looked to address some neighborhood concerns over the impact the new development could have on a nearby grade school, Roquemore Elementary.

The developer is still trying to work out terms of purchase with all four proprieties, so it's unlikely any demolition or reconstruction would begin until next year at the earliest.

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