"It’s not that Holy Cross thinks of itself as Williamsburg or what the French Quarter is to purists."
Council voted 5-1 after impassioned comments from the community.
The community senses that its input, including a 74-page argument to uphold currently legal height limits, is losing ground to an overblown development scheme.
Perez proposes 60-foot buildings rather than 75-feet, but a neighbor says that's still too high.
A large, mixed-use complex will change the character of their neighborhood tucked along the river, residents say. The developer says she's not surprised people are wary, and they'll love the project once it's done.
A battle over perception is brewing where the Industrial Canal meets the river. A developer wants to put apartment buildings on the old site of the Holy Cross school. Neighbors say the project doesn’t fit their neighborhood, and their voices are being drowned out by a public-relations campaign.
Even cut back to 60 feet, the towers would be half again as tall as current zoning allows.
A developer has proposed two 13-story, 135-foot high apartment buildings, significantly higher than the 75-foot maximum desired by the neighborhood association.