Apartment builder settles dispute with neighbor

Apartment builder settles dispute with neighbor
Artwork shows the proposed apartment complex

EUGENE, Ore. - The developer of a student apartment project in downtown Eugene has agreed to settle land use appeals a Eugene man filed against the project.

Capstone Collegiate Communities is going to settle with Jefferson-Westside Neighborhood resident Paul Conte for $260,000.

That money will cover his attorney fees, estimated at $50,000; with the balance going towards neighborhood studies and projects.

Conte maintains he's not against the 230-unit apartment project at 13th and Olive.

"We were not opposed to the project, not opposed to the tax exemption," he told KVAL News. "We were opposed to not following the law in bringing the community in as they are supposed to be brought in, to make these decisions."

Conte blames City of Eugene planners for not making sure the project meets local land use policies.

In exchange for the money, Conte is dropping his state appeals to the apartment project.