SAN ANTONIO -

The developer of the controversial Alamo Heights Gateway project has officially scrapped plans for the apartment development.

The San Antonio Express-News reported the developer, Alamo-Manhattan, decided to abandon the project at Broadway and Austin Highway because of new, tougher construction guidelines.

According to the report, Alamo-Manhattan sent a letter to the land owner that stated they walked away from the project because they could not "develop a financially feasible project under the constraints" that the city recently adopted.

The developer had initially proposed a six-story, 210-residential unit on the site, but last month, the Alamo Heights City Council voted to modify the original plans down to four stories and 146 units.

The proposed development divided residents for months. Opponents said the project would not fit in and negatively affect city services, traffic and local schools. Those who favored the project believed it would be an economic boost and help revitalize downtown Alamo Heights.