Apartment opponents gather 2,000+ signatures

Signs protesting a planned apartment development in Byron Township. (Oct. 13, 2014)

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The fight continues over plans to build an upscale apartment complex south of Grand Rapids.

Last month, the Byron Township board approved rezoning a 39-acre site on 64th Street near Byron Center Avenue for the three-story complex, which will have nearly 300 units.

Monday, a group turned in a petition against the plans with more than 2,000 signatures. Those against the project said they are concerned that building apartments at that location will create traffic problems.

“We’re looking for representational government that actually listens to, cares for, and protects the residents of the community. They have no idea the scope of what they’re dealing with here,” said Donna Brandenburg, who turned in the petition.

There have also been concerns about overcrowding in schools.

Those who support the project say the area is in need of more rental properties.

Construction is scheduled to start in the spring.

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