The only thing I see wrong with this is that they are not taking the entire block - the Motel 6, the Days Inn, the AutoZone, The Exxon, the mini storage at the foot of the hill. It's all poorly done, 60's-70's era urban sprawl. Leave the Sheetz and level the rest.
Neighborhood informational meeting regarding this is tonight:
How to Participate in the November 22, 2021 Neighborhood Meeting:
Go to https://morningstarlaw.group/11222021mtg3 to register for the meeting. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to access the meeting.
In the neighborhood meeting, the presenters said the developer is the same company (Trinsic Residential) that's building Aura Chapel Hill and that this project would be a similar design. It will be apartments only - not condos for sale - and will not be student oriented. They plan to take advantage of a density bonus for low income housing by reserving 10% of the units at 60% AGI (adjusted gross income) for 30 years. The site is already 90%+ impervious surface and will be less with the new development but they were not sure how much less.
FYI - the city has a new way to request documents. As far as I can find, it is.... not great. I can't actually get it to submit a request. Clearly others have, so maybe it is a compatibility problem, but I liked the old way where documents were included in the LDO website.