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Huge apartment complex proposed in Scripps Ranch

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Neighbors in Scripps Ranch are fighting a controversial proposed development that would place an apartment complex with hundreds of units at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road.

The property for the 264-unit apartment project is owned by San Diego Unified School District

Emily Dresslar, a mother of three, is against plans to redevelop the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road into a 300,000-square-foot apartment complex.

"I think this is not in the best interest of the citizens of Scripps Ranch and the taxpayers of San Diego ," she said.

The San Diego Unified School District owns the property, but it will soon vote on leasing the site to the Monarch Development Group.

It plans to build 264 units, 476 parking stalls and 2,000-square-feet of retail space.

The Farmer's Market will also have to move, but the big concern for residents is the size of the development and the increased traffic that will come with it.

A nearby green space is owned by the city and it will remain undeveloped.

"The roads, the traffic, the resources are not set up to accommodate that kind of high density living," said Dresslar.

According to the school district, the project will generate $35 million. In a statement a spokesperson said it sees the mixed use plan as the "highest and best use of the land as well as added district and community benefit. It fully fits within the existing zoning for the property and the community plan."

Besides housing, the development will also feature a 4,000-square-foot educational lab for students and a community garden.

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