Fairacres apartment plan is off

Fairacres apartment plan is off

By Erin Golden March 27, 2013 5:27 am Comments

The proposed 10-building apartment complex on the sit of the Temple Israel synagogue near 72nd and Cass  streets is history.

Campus Crest Communities, the North Carolina company that had pitched the 200- to 250-unit apartment plan, has let its purchase option expire, according to City Councilman Pete Festersen.

The project had met with criticism from neighbors in the area, who worried the apartments — which would have been rented by college students — would create traffic problems in an already-busy area. Developers have pitched plans for other major changes in the area, including a redevelopment of Crossroads Mall into a mixed-use complex with shops, a hotel and a park.

Festersen said the city will continue working with residents around the Fairacres neighborhood to gather input on the best use of the Temple Israel site.

“We’re pleased with this outcome,” he said. “The project was not a good fit for the site. Realizing the property is still for sale and will soon be vacant, I have continued to meet with the residents to discuss what may or may not be compatible with the neighborhood in the future.”