Protesters still against proposed North Naples complex

Homeowners are worried about invasion of privacy, traffic and danger to families related to an apartment complex planned for Collier County.

Collier County Planning Commission will review plans for a 350 unit, four-story apartment complex on Livingston Road in North Naples at its Thursday meeting.

“It’s going to be horrible,” David Ortbals said. “It’s going to be dangerous.”

Brand new renderings of the Allura complex are not attracting too many current homeowners nearby the planned site.

Homeowners say it would join crowded roads and only raise the congestion with more homeowners moving to the area because of the complex.

“Traffic in the afternoon is horrible,” Ortbals said. “It’s absolutely horrible. I live in the terrace behind us here, and you can’t go across Livingston because traffic is so bad.”

Stock Development, the company planning the proposed complex, is assuring current homeowners the new development won’t intrude or diminish their home life.

“Security and safety are of utmost importance to Stock Development, and we will continue to work with residents and local government to make sure these concerns are addressed,” the company published in a statement.

Still homeowners promise to protest the development.

“It’s something our community doesn’t want,” Bill Arndt said. “Most of us bought here way before this community was thought of, and now they want to bring it in and ram it down our throats.”

The Thursday meeting starts at 9 A.M. Neighbors said they would rather see the council consider updates to surrounding infrastructure such as adjustment to an intersection’s traffic lights to deter speedy drivers.

“We’re going to show up on Thursday at the zoning commission meeting on force and hopefully press upon them the depths of our feelings about this whole project,” Orbitals said.

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