Residents of Hendersonville’s Oklawaha Village have expressed concerns about the apartment units going up near their single-family homes.
Phyllis Bailey brought a petition with approximately 20 homeowner signatures to the Hendersonville City Council last week regarding the 78 multi-unit apartments. The single family homes as well as the apartments are affordable housing developments through the Housing Assistance Corporation.
“During the construction process, our neighborhood has been transformed into a noisy, congested, unsafe and unsanitary condition with an influx of large trucks and construction equipment using our subdivision road which conditions pose a danger to health, welfare and financial status of our residents and their children,” the petition states.
Neighbors say they are worried about motorists speeding on their roads and other safety issues.
In the petition, they state requests addressing an alternative right-of-way for construction and multi-unit traffic; a noise and site buffer; water runoff control; accumulation of trash; improvements upon completion of construction; and access to the playground and community center.
Mayor Barbara Volk said there are limits to what the city can do. She said they can address concerns with lowering the speed limit, and helping the residents create a neighborhood watch program.
Housing Assistance Corporation Executive Director Sarah Kimmey Grymes said construction of the apartments should be completed in September, taking care of the issues with construction nuisances. She added that residents of the single-family homes were aware apartments were planned in the area when they purchased their homes.
A letter from the Housing Assistance Corporation addresses the concerns from the petition.
“Generally, the entire construction plan for the neighborhood, including your single-family homes and the multi-family facility, completed all necessary approval steps to ensure that building codes, ordinances, and laws were followed,” the response states. “The plan to construct the apartments was in place before the construction of your homes, and that plan has been available for your review at any time.”
The response goes onto say that the “current construction has and will follow all legal requirements for safety, sanitation, and welfare.”
Housing assistance disputes the claim that the apartments will negatively affect home prices, and states that they have actually increased.
The 17 single-family homes in Oklawaha Village were completed in the summer of 2018.