Gulf Shores apartment complex proposal draws protest, outcry from locals
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) —
Dozens of Gulf Shores residents are now calling on city leaders to trash a new apartment complex proposal.
There have been protests, petitions and outcry from folks over the proposed Regency Place apartments.
Signs calling for the project to be shut down line neighborhoods near the Gulf Shores Golf Club.
The 200+ unit apartment complex is planned on Regency Road and is an unwelcome addition in an area made up of houses and condos.
Pete Sims lives near the proposed site of the Regency Place apartments, located between Canal Road and Clubhouse Drive.
"My window will change from a coastal pine forest view with a whippoorwill chirping at night to a 4-story apartment complex," said Sims.
Sims joined numerous other residents who addressed Gulf Shores leaders at the City Council meeting on Monday.
"This is going to change the character of the small town section of Gulf Shores. They're going to bring in a population increase of 5%," Sims said.
Residents worry the increase will mean hundreds more cars on local roads, more crime and short term rentals that could bring property values down.
Mayor Robert Craft said the apartments were approved because the developer owns the property and met the zoning requirements.
However, Craft said they are addressing citizen's concerns and will ban short term rentals in the area.
"We have limited restrictions we can put on it but we're very sympathetic. I've been talking to the developer. The developer also wants to be a good part of the community," said Craft, " He doesn't want to make everyone angry. Hopefully, we'll be able to come to some middle ground here and try to make everyone as happy as we can."
Mayor Craft says he plans to continue working with the developer to try and meet residents concerns as this project moves along.