The current plan includes dozens of cottages and duplexes in the North Housing Village (south of Derrydown Way) and more than 100 units in the South Housing Village (north of Katie Kerr Drive). A track, a playground and a “creative village” are also included in the plan.
Following complaints from residents in September, the city commission declined to issue a ballot referendum for Legacy Park, arguing that residents already had ample opportunity to give feedback.
Lynn Gathercold, who leads the Legacy Park Voice Group and created a petition against the city’s plan, has claimed that the development is too dense and would remove eight acres of greenspace.
“We paid $40 million for it,” she said during the September city council meeting. “We are a land bound community. This is it, so we have to figure out a way to come up with a plan that works for everyone.”
The property is one of the largest undeveloped parcels within the city’s limits, which is why the city commission and its affordable housing task force sees it as a prime opportunity to address Decatur’s affordability issues. Garrett said the public will have future opportunities to voice their opinions on the project.
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