The City Council voted 7-2 on Tuesday night to deny a rezoning request for a 260-unit apartment complex on Gunbarrel Road near Standifer Gap Road.
Voting against the motion to deny were Larry Grohn and Chip Henderson. In favor were Chris Anderson, Carol Berz, Moses Freeman, Russell Gilbert, Yusuf Hakeem, Jerry Mitchell and Ken Smith.
Rezoning for apartments at the site at Pinewood Road was approved in 2009 for 184 units, but the project had not been built. That included some two-story buildings and some three-story buildings.
The new request was to add four acres to the project and to use only two-story buildings.
The density would remain at 18 units per acre, it was stated.
A number of neighbors spoke against the project, including former County Commissioner Paul McDaniel and Housing Authority leader Eddie Holmes. They cited traffic problems as well as flooding concerns.
Developers had maintained that the project would add a detention pond and would help alleviate flooding in the area.
Rev. McDaniel noted that the Waterside development continues to expand.
Councilwoman Berz said, "The infrastructure should be in first. I don't think you continue to bring nuisances to the party."
The council approved rezoning for a tract at 5528 and 5530 Highway 153 that was formerly the site of the state agriculture department offices.
Britt Goodson of Greenville, S.C., said his firm is buying it from the state and plans a single-tenant building.
He said it will seek to have LEED certification.
The council unanimously turned down a request to have a former quadraplex at 3820 Montview Dr. goes back to multi-family.
A number of neighbors spoke against the project.
Attorney Valerie Epstein said the new owner had not realized the zoning problem and has filed suit over the issue.