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Central Austin Parents Upset Over Proposed Duplex Development
A developer wants to build three duplexes in Central Austin and add 18 parking spaces on a piece of property near Lee Elementary School, but parents are worried the increased traffic will pose a threat to children walking and biking to and from school.
It's a piece of property parents pass every day. But David Brooks may soon put the brakes on his daughter's daily walks to school.
"You're going to have people shooting out of the alley every morning and afternoon when people are walking their kids to school," said Brooks.
Brooks is banding together with several of his neighbors to bring awareness to a duplex development taking shape.
"It could be as much as 25 or 30 with student doubling up in their rooms. You add that much more traffic, that many more cars," said John Williams.
The developer plans to build three duplexes on three empty lots. Marianne Gaston believes it will bring traffic trouble to the kid-friendly neighborhood.
"The nail in the coffin for me is the request for 18 parking spaces," said Gaston.
Four neighborhood associations are demanding the City of Austin conduct a safety study before allowing the development to break ground. Nuria Zaragoza is fighting to keep similar structures off her street.
"We successfully fought that," said Zaragoza.
Zaragoza claims high-occupancy homes bring increased noise, trash and traffic to established neighborhoods. She's joining the fight to keep the same type of development from taking shape near Lee Elementary School.
"It could potentially ruin a street forever. Neighbors start to move away," added Zaragoza.
KEYE TV did reach out to the developer for comment but was not able to reach a representative with the company. We were unable to confirm if the City of Austin plans to conduct a pedestrian and bicycle safety study since city offices are closed in observance of President's Day.
By Alex Boyer