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UNIONCOUNTY, N.C. -- Neighbors on the outskirts of Indian Trail might be disappointed by the Town Council s vote Tuesday it looks like a zoning change that would allow new apartments at the intersection of Plyler and Unionville Indian Trail roads will be approved.

Jennifer Killman lives across from the empty field and abandoned warehouse, where 387 upscale apartments will fill 27 acres. She opposes the development.

The main reason is traffic, said Killman. The traffic is going to cause a big congestion.

Killman said she moved to Union County to get away from the kind of congestion that city life brings. She embraced the lifestyle that allowed her to play with her young daughter outdoors without concern.

We're not going to have that small town feeling anymore, because they city's moving into the small town, she lamented.

The apartments would be adjacent to a master-planned, mixed-use community of retail shops and apartments, similar to Blakeney in Ballantyne or Birkdale Village in Huntersville. The village, approved years ago before the economy collapsed, would reshape downtown Indian Trail, said three town council members reached Saturday.

That complex would add density for the businesses that are about to come to Indian Trail, said Gordon Daniels, who sees the project as a way to support retailers who would open in the downtown village. Daniels believes apartments are a better use for the land than its current light industrial zoning.

If I was a homeowner and you gave me a choice of light industrial or an apartment complex of $1200 (rent), said Daniels, I'm looking at property values and I'm going to say, Thank you town of Indian Trail for making the right decision.

Council member Gary Savoie believes the apartments and the master-planned village give Indian Trail the ability to grow on its own terms. He envisions young professionals, empty nesters, and single parents living side-by-side and walking to the shops in downtown.

It allows town leaders to look at the growth and plan accordingly, said Savoie.

Council member Chris King said he is usually reluctant to go against constituents wishes, but the apartment complex project needs to be done. He said the downtown village is an $80 million investment expected to break ground within 60 days, but needs the support of people living nearby.

Together, he said the mixed-use development and apartments will add roughly $425,000 in property taxes to town coffers. It is in the best interest of this town, he said.

All three agree the complex will add more traffic, but there is little the council can do about it. Traffic flow is worked out by NC Department of Transportation.

Neighborhood activist Cathi Higgins isn t convinced. She sent out flyers encouraging residents to show up at Tuesday s meeting to oppose the zoning change.

Tell the council NOW, says the flyer, we don t want any more apartments until we have the roads, schools, deputies, fire protection, water and sewer to support them.

Council members meet at 6:30 p.m. at town hall at 100 Navajo Trail.

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