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Lincoln neighborhood calling on city council to vote down apartment complex

By: Lauren Fabrizi

A Lincoln community is calling on city officials to vote down a proposed apartment complex in its neighborhood.

The empty space that fills the Fox Hollow neighborhood near 70th Street and Holmes Lake Road could be the site of 20 apartment units and several duplexes if the city gives it a go.

Nearby homeowners got word of the proposed plan back in December.

"It was complete shock," Becky McNeil said. "It was completely like the rug was pulled out from under us, a complete breach of trust."

Residents said when they moved into their townhouses anywhere between 10 and 20 years ago, they were told Chateau Development would eventually fill the empty lot with more townhouses, not apartments.

The plan has recently gotten approval from the planning commission. Now, residents are calling on city council members to give it the ax.

"What we want to see is something appropriate," Henry Rodriguez said. "Not this leap-frogging of coming from nice brick, come into Holmes apartment building, green space, nice homes. Not a leap-frogging back into apartments."

"This is asking too much with a quiet area here," Lauren Davis added.

Residents said the duplexes would be built 30 feet from the end of their property line. Any trees past that point would need to come down.

But they said it's more than just the look of the apartments not blending in. They anticipate heavy traffic flow in the area and increase in water shed, which they said could potentially flood Holmes Lake.

Several realtors have told them the addition of an apartment complex would decrease the value of their homes by about 5 to 8 percent.

"How do you get it back?" Rodriguez questioned. "This is our largest investment for most of us. It's like the stock market crashing."

Residents have a petition filled with 320 signatures. They plan to bring it with them to the city council's public hearing on July 28, when council members will vote on the proposed plan.

Channel 8 Eyewitness News reached out to those with Chateau Development. They declined to comment.

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