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Matthew Cobb

After a public hearing Tuesday, the decade-long debate about the Legacy Hillcrest project remains unresolved — at least until September. 

The University Park City Council hosted a public hearing at 5 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall to discuss recent changes that were made to the proposed project in an effort to meet zoning regulations and appease local residents.

The hearing strictly served as a discussion for people to voice opinions about the project and nothing further will be decided by the council until they meet September 6. (Mark your calendars.)

The Legacy Hillcrest project, which would redevelop the Chase Bank building on the southern side of Snider Plaza, has faced resistance from local residents and merchants because of its size and concerns about traffic and parking problems worsening in the area.

Art Anderson, a representative for Legacy Hillcrest Investments, said the proposed project's size has been scaled back substantially, and the company would most likely revoke its application if the city council voted to support any further reductions, because the project would not be financially viable.

Some residents still think the proposed project is too big.

Duncan Fulton, a University Park resident, said the proposed project is three and a half times as dense as the commercial property to its south side and one and three-quarters times as dense as the commercial property to its north side.

"It's contrary to good zoning practice," Fulton said.

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