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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2003 9:12 am | Updated: 1:08 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Four neighborhoods worried about property values and traffic are aligning to fight a proposed apartment and office development in south Chandler.

"It’s a beautiful area and they’re going to ruin it with an apartment complex that there’s no demand for," said Dan Humphrey, a resident and president of the Brittany Heights homeowners association.

The project site, now a field near Germann and Dobson roads, sits between the quiet residential areas and Price Road, which is lined with several corporate offices.

Residents in the nearby subdivisions have flooded Chandler City Council members with e-mails, and plan to show up in large numbers at a council meeting tonight to protest a 40-acre project consisting of 352 apartments and 235,850 square feet of office space.

Two years ago, the council approved the project’s zoning despite opposition from residents. However, the developers didn’t build and now the city must approve an extension of the zoning.

Economic uncertainty in the past two years has kept the developer, Mark-Taylor, from building, said Michael Coghlin, vice president of Mark-Taylor.

"When the market’s right, (final) plans will be submitted and we’ll start," Coghlin said. "This is a great site. We’re excited about it. We want to build it."

Mike Gammon, 46, a resident of Vineyards of Chandler and its homeowners association vice president, said he’s not convinced there ever will be a market for many more apartments. As it is, the city’s apartments have a high vacancy rate and a new complex will only create a glut, Gammon said.

Coghlin said Mark-Taylor’s complexes tend to be more upscale and are enjoying low vacancy rates in Chandler. Job growth and population are expected to keep growing in Chandler, he added.

Keller said if the council rejects the zoning request, residents in the Brittany Heights, Clemente Ranch, Pecos Ranche Estates and the Vineyards neighborhoods can work with the city to find what suits the spot.

Council meeting

What: Chandler City Council meets to consider 40-acre apartment and office project

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Council chambers in Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St.

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