- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - People want to live in Anchorage, but the buildings just aren’t there.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports (http://bit.ly/1docQD1 ) that vacant lots abound on downtown Anchorage’s C Street, surrounded by modest townhouses and an apartment complex. The area seems perfect for urban living: across the street are two schools and the trail system is nearby.

The lots are owned by Alaska’s largest private residential landlord, Weidner Apartment Homes. The company bought the lots nearly five years ago but has yet to break ground on a proposed development.

Weidner envisions a complex called City View II as the biggest and tallest building on the block. But local residents complain that snarled traffic, crowded street parking, obstructed views, intercepted sunlight and poor aesthetics would destroy the neighborhood. The South Addition Community Council has passed resolutions opposing the project.

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Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, http://www.adn.com

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