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Commissioners approve, local senior apartments no more

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Waco's Planning and Zoning Commission voted Tuesday to approve allowing owners drop the senior living designation and open up the apartments to people of all ages.

Some residents from the Overlook Apartments complex in east Waco voiced their frustration about the change at the meeting.

Tonight almost two dozen residents attended the meeting to voice their concerns about the change. One after another, they spoke up saying this isn't what they signed up for.

"My issue is, be honest with me," said Overlook resident Sherry Hughes. "If you're my landlord and you expect certain things from me and honesty from me then I expect the same thing back."

Overlook resident, Nelda Smith became emotional when she got up to speak. She said her and her husband sold the home they owned to live there because her husband has medical problems.

"We love the place; we would like it to stay the same. It just seems like every time we turn around they're trying to change things," said Smith.

The complex advertises on it's website as an active senior community for people ages 55 and older but new owners, aspen square management, want to drop the age because low occupancy.

The Head of Planning and Zoning, Clint Peters, says the city doesn't require age restrictions on any other developments in the city so this one shouldn't be any different.

"That was not something that was part of the city approved planning unit development that city council approved," said peters. "That's something that they placed on the development that was between them and their tenants. " 

Jeff Strole, Vice President of Aspen Square Management who oversees the apartments, says keeping things the way they are just isn't economically feasible. He say's they're currently only running at 60% occupancy.

Planning and Zoning Commissioners questioned whether or not the new owners should have known that before they bought the facility.

But in the end the board approved the change, though one member did express how disappointed she was in the new owners and how they handled the situation. She said those residents deserve better.

Just last year many of the same residents spoke out against the same issue when the previous owner wanted to drop the limit because of low occupancy. Even though the planning and zoning board approved the change, Waco City Council, overruled them and sided with the residents and many are hoping for a similar outcome this time around.

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