July 14, 2021
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — People who live near the University of Memphis are upset about plans to tear down a row of homes and build a 100-unit apartment complex near the campus.
Residents in the Normal Station Neighborhood say the apartments will cause more traffic and congestion in the area. They say this is just the latest project that is changing character of the neighborhood and their quality of life.
"I'm a big supporter of the university and its need to grow but it's taking the neighborhood away," said Melissa Galloway, resident.
Galloway, a longtime Normal Station resident has concerns about the project.
A developer plans to tear down almost all the homes on the block and is asking for building variances in order to build 92 apartments units.
Galloway said more people means more traffic which she says is already a problem in the neighborhood.
"Too many cars, and we do have too many cars, and we are expecting to handle enough 4-lane traffic and it can't," said Galloway.
Galloway said it's just the latest project of concern in Normal Station. Pre-pandemic, Tiger Estates, another student housing development opened up creating more density in the neighborhood. And another project on Carnes is under construction.
"Big and invades my privacy," said Sandi Hobson, resident.
Hobson says that six towering residence buildings will back up to her yard. This concerns her about what is being built in her backyard and the neighborhood.
"I don't know how we can stop it. I think it's changing the character of the neighborhood," said Hobson.
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