Rogers residents concerned over approved plans for new apartment complex


The Rogers City Planning Commission agreed unanimously to rezone eight acres on the west side of South 28th Street and West Chateau Drive.

The Reserve at Osage Creek will include three-story apartments and two-story duplexes for a total of 144 units, but people living across the street from the complex are concerned about additional traffic. 

“As we go and add apartments that will have two and three cars per apartment over there across the street, that’s just going to make the situation worse,” a resident who lives right across the street said. 

The situation is traffic which makes it hard for those who live in this neighborhood in Rogers to get out of the already congested area. 

“We already got commercial daycare next to it, we already got commercial from Walnut to the bank right there, it’s a concern with the additional traffic that it is going to have in the city of Rogers,” he said. 

But Rogers city leaders say this shouldn’t be a concern. 

“We did studies on the traffic counts and subparts of that, and the staff report did indicate that this would be able to handle that type of traffic,” Rogers Public Relations Manager Ben Cline said. “As far as the city staff is concerned, the project fits in with the comprehensive growth map as a neighborhood center.”

However, this news is not so exciting for residents near the rezone and traffic is not the only concern.

“During the summer, the apartments already built up on the hill, I can hear them making noise like playing volleyball and outdoor events where we don’t have that here in the neighborhood,” the resident said. 

While neighbors think the commission should take another look, Cline thinks this complex is the perfect fit. 

“It’s exciting to see growth in Rogers, it’s exciting to see these new businesses wanting to make their homes here,” Cline said. 

There is no set date for when the rezone will begin, according to Cline. 

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