Growth should be respectful

Should a new 300-unit apartment complex be allowed on Highway 74A in Reynolds? Not the one that is being proposed by the South Carolina developer to butt right up against my subdivision.

This isn’t about snobbery. Our homes in The Cliffs are more modest than just about everything being built out here these days, and we’ve been neighbors to a trailer park as long as we’ve been here.

So while I’d love to have those few acres beneath us as woods forever, I don’t mind the idea of apartments. But more than 300 of them? And they want to use our little road for access? That’s crazy.

It gets crazier. They want to stack these apartments three or four stories high, and then only allow for a 20-foot buffer between the buildings and our back yards, with no real buffering to shield the noise and light.

Yes, we’re growing, and yes, we have to accept it. But it should happen with care and respect. The county needs to remind developers that the people they intend to make their neighbors count too.

— Brian A. Covelli
Asheville

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