Plans to build Yuma apartment building receives mixed reactions

YUMA, Ariz. – A prospective new apartment complex in Yuma is stirring up controversy.

City council could approve the rezoning of a vacant lot near the intersection of 12th Street and 14th Avenue.

Several residents who live there say they’re worried about safety, but others did not have a problem with a new complex.

“It’s a nice neighborhood. There’s beautiful homes. It’s nice to walk,” according to Laura Hall who lives in the neighborhood.

Hall says she’s excited to see the vacant lot cleaned up. “I think it’s a wonderful idea to get rid of the field,” she added.

Not everyone is so happy. A preliminary concept indicates one building will go right against the wall that separates the lot from single family houses. Those homeowners on the other side are worried about privacy.

Another concern for some residents is parking. They fear cars will be left on the street. Jacobson Companies wants to put 10 two-bedroom units here but only plans to offer 17 parking spaces.

Dave Nash with the City of Yuma told us what other issues people brought up at a public meeting in November. “How high to build the wall that’s planned for the east side….Criminal activity, Nash explained. The location of a dumpster was brought up. Landscaping was brought up.”

With O.C. Johnson Elementary School blocks away, others worry more traffic could be dangerous for children who walk there. Yuma’s Planning and Zoning Committee voted in favor of to rezone. Now it’s up to city council to approve it.

“Public has opportunity to contact their council members and give them your feedback as to how you’d like them to vote,” Nash said.

We reached out to Jacobson Companies but have not received a response. City council could review the proposal at their next meeting on February 4th.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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