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Alamo Heights City Council votes on apartment project

Controversial project slated for corner of Broadway and Austin Highway

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ALAMO HEIGHTS, Texas – The Alamo Heights City Council voted late Monday night in favor of a host of items that will pave the way for the construction of a controversial apartment project.

Council members voted 4-1 after more than five hours of discussion with residents and developers.

The apartment project is slated for the corner of Broadway and Austin Highway.

The vote took more than a year to come about, a sign of the level of concern surrounding the project.

The Council deliberated over whether to abandon several public right-of-ways and move the project forward or deny the requests, which would have put the project in jeopardy.

Residents opposed to the complex believe it is too big for Alamo Heights.

The developer plans to build a four-story, 150-unit complex with 5,000 square feet of retail space on a little less than 2 acres of land.

Supporters believe Alamo Heights is in need of some new development and that the project provides the type of economic impact that would greatly benefit the community.

One of the biggest developments from Monday's proceedings was the decision to leave Ellwood Street open. The project originally called for the road to be closed. 

Developers said Monday that project could still work with the street remaining open. Ellwood provides access to both Broadway and Austin Highway, alleviating traffic at the busy intersection.