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Va. Beach council OKs 170-unit complex
By Aaron Applegate, The Virginian-Pilot – 4/11/2012
Over objections from nearby homeowners, the City Council voted 10-1 to approve a 170-unit apartment complex in Kempsville.
The development, called Kempes Village, includes converting the old Kempsville High School into high-end lofts and office space.
The $28 million project, to be built by developer Jack Pope of the Hampton Roads Housing Co. and Ripley Heatwole Company Inc., is planned for 10 acres of city-owned land on the southwest quadrant at Princess Anne and Kempsville roads, a busy intersection the city is rebuilding. The developers will pay the city about $2.5 million for the land, Pope said. The project had been for 180 units but was scaled back to 170 at the request of some residents.
Those opposed to the project said they were concerned about increased traffic and questioned whether the project follows a master city plan for the area.
Councilman John Moss said the council should listen to residents, and he was the lone vote against the project.
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