FORT WORTH — The City Council chose to delay a vote on a zoning change for a proposed low-income apartment project east of the City on Randol Mill Road.Councilwoman Gyna Bivens asked to move the meeting to Oct. 15, a night meeting, so more members of the community could be present. Despite the motion to move the agenda item, several residents from Bentley Villages, a neighborhood near the proposed project, spoke against the development. Scott Willingham, who has lived in Bentley Villages since the 1980s, believes the high density of apartments in the area will lead to an increase in crime and hurt property values. “I myself, like my neighbors, have invested our life savings into our homes. I look at what happened to Woodhaven, years ago and how in such a nice neighborhood the property values decreased and houses went vacant without being able to sell,” Willingham said. Bivens said she plans to fight the zoning change from neighborhood commercial to multifamily medium density. Officials with Atlantic Housing, a nonprofit group focused on providing affordable housing, defend their proposed apartments on the land they plan to buy, saying market studies show the apartments are needed in the area and that they will be well-maintained. The Fort Worth Zoning Commission approved the zoning change on Sept. 11, although the council has final approval.
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