PEORIA -- A proposed three-story, 30-unit apartment complex to be built near Junction City won't get the approval of the Peoria Zoning Commission.
Commissioners were split down the middle on the vote, resulting in a no.
More than 160 neighbors signed a petition against the project, citing that rental housing isn't beneficial for the neighborhood.
Junction City Ventures Attorney Tom Leiter said he is disappointed with the recommendation.
Leiter said, "We think it's a good project, we think it's the best project for this site. It's the best for the neighborhood. There are many things that we could build there but we think it would not be as favorable to the neighborhood."
Attorney for the neighborhood association Chuck Rock commented, "I think what happened here today is that the zoning commission realized although this project has some benefits it also has a lot of negatives and it fails to meet the requirements of planned new development."
The decision today is only a recommendation. The case will ultimately be decided by Peoria's City Council.
Its scheduled to come before the council on Sept. 25.