Louisville Metro Councilman James Peden, R-23, is rallying against an effort to build a so-called "low-income" housing complex in his southeastern district, but Mayor Greg Fischer's office and developers say Peden is misleading residents and the area needs more affordable housing.Frontgate Apartments is a 212-unit apartment complex proposed by LDG Development, which wants to build the rental project in the Highview neighborhood near Outer Loop. In an April 18 letter to the Kentucky Housing Corporation, the mayor supported the developer's application for state tax credits and pointed out that the project would be near a public transportation route, public and private schools and a full grocery store.According to the mayor’s office, renters in the proposed development would have annual household earnings between $27,000 and $38,000. Over the past two weeks, however, Peden has warned constituents about a "low-income housing project" being constructed in the area. And in a letter to state housing officials, the southeast Republican argues the apartment complex could hurt the property values of $100,000 homes and that his district is struggling to maintain its middle-class status due to population shifts in the city.In a telephone interview with WFPL, Peden says his district needs higher priced rentals to jumpstart commercial and retail development; adding the city refuses to put affordable housing in areas such as the Highlands or East End."We already have poor people living in Highview," he says. "Everyone here accepts the fact that poor people need a place to live, and we have our share. My area needs less along the lines of the affordable side of things and more along the lines of the high end, then you get some economic balance."