TAMPA, FL-An apartment project that sparked considerable neighborhood opposition was voted down by the City Council on Thursday in front of a packed hearing dominated by a coalition of South Tampa neighborhood organizations.

Nearby residents had contended that the 212-apartment SoHo Flats complex would only worsen traffic congestion on Howard Avenue, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

“This is a size 16 foot trying to shove itself into a size 8 shoe,” says Marylou Bailey, a board member of the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association.

Developers had asked the city to vacate part of S. Eleta Street north of W. Morrison Avenue so they could build part of the project on top of the existing street and had asked for waivers to reduce the required buffer and provide less than a third of the green space that normally would be required. See story in the Tampa Bay Times.