By Scott Shumaker | East Valley Tribune
Opposition to high-density residential projects is common in Mesa, but usually the protests come from neighboring residents – not city staff.
At the Dec. 8 City Council hearing for the proposed 396-unit Millenium Springs apartment complex at Baseline and Recker Roads, multiple city departments opposed the project, but no neighbors.
In September, the Mesa Planning and Zoning Board declined to recommend Millenium Springs in a 3-3 vote, and at the recent council hearing, the Mesa Planning Department, the Economic Development Department and the mayor came out against rezoning the parcel from its Specialty Medical Campus designation.
Still, the council approved the rezoning request for the four-story, 10-acre apartment complex in a 6-1 vote.