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Lincoln homeowners fight apartment complex

Lincoln homeowners fight apartment complex

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By: Jenn Schanz

Becky McNeil has lived in the Fox Hollow neighborhood off 70th and VanDorn for ten years. It sits across from Sherman Estates, luxury townhomes.

When McNeil moved in, she knew more townhomes would be built, something she was on board with. But in December, she got a letter from a partner at Chateau Development, saying they're planning to put in a large apartment complex instead.

"When I purchased my home in 2004, there was still a sign on the lot that said it was going to be the future site of townhomes. I just don't want to live near apartments, and so that was part of my decision," says McNeil.

Since then, McNeil has become the unofficial leader of many frustrated homeowners. They even started a petition, protesting the complex, and have more than 300 signatures.

McNeil says they're worried about noise, overpopulation, and safety hazards with heavier traffic. All of this, she says, contributes to fear of a lowered property value.

A new landscape plan from the company looks pretty different from an older flyer, which advertises just for further townhome developments.

McNeil says she's spoken to the partner, but hasn't gotten the response she hopped for. 

"He gets to make a return on his dollar. That's fair, that's his property.  But he should be honest about how he's going to make that return," says McNeil. 

Channel 8 reached out to Chateau Development several times for a comment, and never got a response.

McNeil says regardless of whether Fox Hollow homeowners can stop the complex from going up, she won't go down without a fight.

"This is my biggest investment," she says. 

The next public hearing on the issue will be June 11th. Planning Commissioners will vote on it then. A motion to either stop or move forward with building the complex will need 5 votes.
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