A major residential development is coming to West Tuscaloosa, but developers and city leaders say it wasn’t easy to make it happen.

The $17 million Jackson Apartments will be on 21st Street in West Tuscaloosa, and will feature 80 units, 60 of which will be market price. The other 20 are low-income housing units.

District 1 City Councilwoman Phyllis Odom said it’s a wonderful move for the community.

“We need some more developments,” she said. “We need to build up the population in West Tuscaloosa in order to attract other developments.”

The project is replacing units lost at Delaware Jackson Apartments, which was located between the University of Alabama Law School and DCH Regional Medical Center. That location is now home to East Edge Apartments, a student apartment complex.

The apartments will be similar in design to Rosedale and McKenzie Court Apartments.

It’s the first major development in Odom’s district since she took office in December 2014. She said that in the past, residents were concerned over bringing a local income-dependent development to the area because they were under the impression it would bring more crime. Odom said that’s not the case.

“I don’t think we should look down on people,” she said. “I mean, some people can’t afford homes so they live in apartments, so we just have to make the best at what we have.”

Construction should be complete by December 2017.

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