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Developer scraps controversial apartment plans

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TUSCALOOSA - AL -

    Well known Developer, Stan Pate has scrapped his plans for 600 to 800 bed apartment complex off Hargrove Road near the Arlington community.

    Pate faced heated opposition with residents in the area who insisted proposal was far to dense for the area.  Many claimed it would tripple the traffic and area is not made to handle it.

    Others say it would take away the closeness of the small community where many have lived almost 30 years.

    The two sides met earlier in the year at the request of city council to try and find common ground , but there was not progress.

     The track of land where the student geared apartments would go was under the auspices of the Tuscaloosa Forward plan, which would have banned Pate's proposal to begin.  However, city planners removed the property from Tuscaloosa Forward -- but residents argued it should be placed back.

    although, Pate had withdrawn his petition to have the area rezoned to accommodate the 275 units, city council went ahead and discussed the matter thought the no official vote was taken.

    Pate called the 'Tuscaloosa Forward' plan "liberalism from city hall to try and tell property owners since the storm what they can and can't do with their property."  However, Pate declined an on camera interview

   Pate had contracted the land out from its owners.  We're told it  will be turned into a mobile home park as it was before.