Proposed upscale housing near LSU causes concern for current residents

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A controversial apartment complex has cleared the first round of city permits and is scheduled for construction near LSU's campus.

Plans for The Standard Apartment Complex have been cleared by the city planning commission. It will be a 274-unit complex on about 4.5 acres. It will be bordered by West Chimes, Alaska, Aster and Iowa Streets near LSU.

A six-story parking garage is also in the works, but some residents are concerned about the noise, which they say is coming.

"I've lived here almost 40 years… we enjoy living here it's the kind of neighborhood where you can actually walk to things," says resident Roger Anderson. He's concerned about the noise pollution during construction. "Noise, yes I'm very concerned about noise...the pile driving will occur. Since we are going to be so close to that, it remains to be seen, but I'm very concerned about that noise there," says Anderson.

The apartment complex that is on the property now is scheduled to be demolished.

One student who did not want to be identified says he doesn't mind moving, it's the time frame he's mad about.

"We don't mind moving, honestly. We just got one month notice which is not fair to 80-something tenants that have to find a place to go. Especially in the winter - the fall semester, because people don't move out for the winter breaks," he says.

But Wayne Netter thinks it's a good idea. He's been managing apartments around LSU for years.

"Three story complex clean environment and security 24 hours. I think it will break down some of the crime and make it very safe and I think the students will be real pleased with everything," says Netter.

The new apartment complex is supposed to have a rooftop pool.

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