Neighbors fight over new apartment complex in Ballantyne

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - There's a battle in Ballantyne over plans for new apartment complex.

The five-story building would be built near Endhaven Lane and the future end of North Community House Road.

Neighbors who live there told Eyewitness News they are doing everything they can to stop it.

From Meg Bova's backyard on Endhaven Lane, she can see the spot where Trotter Properties wants to build a 220-unit apartment complex.

The area is currently zoned for single family homes.

Bova and her neighbors are signing a petition to keep it that way.

"It is quiet. It's just wonderful, especially for us," Bova said. "If you get apartments, it is going to change everything."

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools reported the rezoning could add more students to already crowded schools like Endhaven Middle.

Bova's biggest concern is traffic.

A city study said by rezoning the land, the number of cars could jump from 285 trips each day to more than 1,400.

Developer Paul Trotter declined an on-camera interview, but over the phone, he told Channel 9 he hired a consultant to study traffic. Their research showed the impact would not be significant, especially since the complex entrance will be on North Community House Road.

The developer is aware of the opposition and said he plans to work with residents to ease their concerns.

After nine years in the neighborhood, Bova plans to protect it.

"Oh no, I won't give up," she said. "We're all intimidated by this process. It's just not right."

The city rezoning hearing is set for Jan. 21.

Click here to see the petition of the rezoning.

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