LIVERMORE -- The owners of the Ironwood Apartments in Livermore, whose expansion plans have riled up neighbors at several public meetings, have scaled back their plans for building additional apartments at the complex.

The original proposal by San Mateo-based Acacia Capital to add 52 apartments in the form of four three-story buildings at Ironwood -- located at East Avenue and Charlotte Way -- generated fierce opposition from dozens of neighbors who objected to the added traffic and the loss of about two-thirds of open space they consider a neighborhood park.

Acacia Capital submitted a revised proposal to the city May 22, which details plans for the construction of three two-story apartment buildings and the conversion of two laundry units into housing, for a total of 26 apartments. The proposal also calls for the creation of 135 additional parking spaces.

"It's preserving more of the green space than the previous proposal," city senior planner Ben Murray said.

The revision, while less ambitious, doesn't satisfy Don Dowdle, an Ironwood resident who organized the "Save Ironwood" group against the expansion. He said he and his neighbors still oppose the development of any additional apartments, which would require a zoning change in the city's general plan.

"The line in the sand is no rezoning," Dowdle said. "We don't want any more cars or high-density housing; that argument hasn't gone away. There's no give on changing the zoning. That's just not in the cards."

Representatives from Acacia Capital could not be reached for comment.

According to city planner Murray, the revised proposal will require more public hearings before the planning commission and city council before going forward. No hearings have been scheduled yet.

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