- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - The Cedar Rapids City Council has rejected plans for an affordable housing complex after a three-hour hearing that revealed neighborhood opposition.

The hearing was held Tuesday to discuss the construction of the Crestwood Ridge Apartments proposed by nonprofit Common Bond Communities. The housing complex would have had 41 units, including five for people dealing with homelessness, and would have partnered with Willis Dady Emergency Shelter to provide case management services for tenants.

But hundreds of residents packed into city hall to oppose the proposal.

DeAnna Schriner has lived near the site of the proposed complex for 45 years. She said she’s concerned about congestion in the area.

“The traffic, the safety, the drainage, the storm water runoff,” she said. “Just against the location of this, or any apartments that would go here.”

The city’s planning department had supported the plan with some changes. City officials said road construction is underway on a new road to ease traffic concerns. They also said work was being done to improve drainage facilities.

Cedar Rapids Community Schools Superintendent Brad Buck said he was in favor of the project because it would have provided some students with the opportunity to have stable and affordable housing.

At the end of the meeting, council did not reach the amount of votes needed to pass this first reading.

“The fact we can’t get that approved in any part of town is really disheartening,” Willis Dady Executive Director Phoebe Trepp said.

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