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Council to hear Bayshore parcel rezoning request

The City Council is scheduled to consider a request Thursday by Crescent Resources to rezone 1.8 acres at 319 Bayshore Blvd. A North Carolina developer wants to build a 20-story tower with 168 units on the site.

The hearing, scheduled for 6 p.m. in City Hall at 315 E Kennedy Blvd., was originally set for Dec. 9. City staff asked to postpone it to resolve issues related to streets around the parcel.

If approved, the tower would replace a 72-unit apartment complex that dates back more than 50 years.

Residents in the 345 Bayshore condominium tower say they are concerned the construction would make existing traffic problems worse. People on the north side of 345 Bayshore also are concerned about losing their views of downtown, condominium association president Elizabeth DiConti said.

Truett Gardner, an attorney for Crescent Resources, said traffic concerns are unfounded and improvements are planned to offset any impact on new residents.

"The level of service on all the roads will not change," he said.

_ ANNE ARSENAULT and JANET ZINK

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