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Rezoning causing concerns for some West El Paso residents

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- Neighbors near Mesa Hills Drive and Bluff trail lane received a letter stating the City Plan Commission (CPC) will consider a zone change.

The property owner is requesting the zone be changed from R-3 (Residential) and R-5/sc (Residential/special contract) to a A-3 (Apartment).

Neighbors in the area say they are concerned that the new property will increase traffic and decrease property value. Resident Lloyd Miller says in the letter gave details of how they plan to build seven large two-story buildings. Miller says he is against the idea of building apartments in the neighborhood.

Officials with HOME says they plan to build 104 units of affordable housing for families and individuals in the range of 50% to 80% area median income, however there will be little to no impact on traffic in the area.  

"This is a relatively small addition to a large residential neighborhood with good roads and access." HOME Officials said. 

HOME Officials say, "We have reviewed the tax rolls and concluded that our properties have never impacted anyone's property value. The property values around our properties have continued to increase in line with the neighborhood in general."

HOME Officials say construction is set to start late 2024 to early 2025 and completion in 2026.

Residents and members of the public were advised to email or write a letter to the CPC to voice their concerns and comments prior to the public hearing the is scheduled for next Thursday.

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