Low-Income, Senior Housing Draws Opposition in Cape Girardeau

DECEMBER 5, 2005 - Posted at 3:25 p.m. CST

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - A group of neighbors in Cape Girardeau is fighting back against a plan to build 47 rental homes for low-income seniors in their southeast Missouri community.

Developer Chad Hartle wants to replace 14 acres of woods with the new housing.  Several upset neighbors say it will increase traffic, lower property values and create storm-water problems.

They've filed a 160-signature petition with the city council and the Missouri Housing Development Commission opposing the Victoria Estates project.  City officials say the land is properly zoned for the plan.

Missouri's housing commission could block the request, if it denies the developer's request for financial assistance.  The commission is expected to take up the matter December 9 in Jefferson City.

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