SAN ANTONIO -

It was a packed public meeting Wednesday night for the Alamo Manhattan plan.

It's a multi-family project proposed to sit at the corner of Broadway and Austin Highway. Critics said the structure won't fit in and will negatively affect Alamo Heights city services, traffic and local schools.

Critic Sharon Goodwin said, "in the beginning you said there would be 220 apartments now it's 210 crammed 4 to 5 to 6 people in there , 500 cars, you'll have nothing but a mess on Austin Highway and Broadway."

Supporters of the proposed 6 story apartment project say it will make use of abandoned property and will revitalize the area.

"If we're to attract the next generation of Alamo Heights residents then we need to invest in our downtown, cause that is what's attracting them," said supporter Drew Smith.

"There is nothing of this caliber in Alamo Heights right now for empty nesters to move into and this is an amenity for all of us," said supporter Madison Smith.

Smith grew up in the area and says he has seen it decline through the years.

"This type of development makes things better it brings in the vibrant activity that I'm looking for in my neighborhood," said Smith.

Initial informal talks with city officials on the proposal began last year.  

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