Apartments out, homes in under compromise plan on North Shore

MANDEVILLE, LA (WVUE) - A compromise appears to be in the works concerning a controversial apartment complex plan for an sparsely developed area south of Abita Springs. The developers will go before the St. Tammany council Thursday night.

The largely wooded area south of the Abita Springs off Highway 59 has been devoid of urban sprawl for decades, and residents want to keep it that way. They have been bitterly divided over a proposal from a group called Black Oak Holdings to build a 272-unit apartment complex near the intersection of the highway and Strain Road. The developers have held repeated meetings with residents in the area, and they may have reached a compromise. It calls for a development called Maison Trace that would consist of more than 50 homes instead of 270 apartments. The minimum lot size would require a 60-foot front.

"I feel like that's a lot better. it would be better to have homes instead of apartments over there I feel like," said resident Anthony Dardar.

Privately other residents say they would like larger lot sizes.

Developers will ask the council to accept their new proposal at tonight's council meeting. Council members would have to hold another public hearing before a final vote is taken.

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