Neighbors oppose development of six large apartment buildings

LEWISTON, ID - One of the largest apartment complexes the valley could ever see is now put on hold.

Reporter Sophia tells us why building an apartment complex is resurrecting tension between a city entity and a local neighborhood.

The Lewiston Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the development of a apartment complex last month, but at Monday night's city council meeting neighbors most affected by the potential buildings let it be known that they're not going down without a fight.

"We received three letters in opposition," said Mayor Kleeburg. "And there's also a petition that was submitted that were opposed."

In the proposal the land would have six apartment buildings with approximately 120 units in total.

"The proposed buildings are going to be three stories tall, 183 feet wide," said resident opposed to apartments, Patrick Lien.

The proposed complex is very similar to how the Southway Premiere Apartments look but instead of just three there would be six buildings.

"Approximately ten acres of land located on the west side of 17th Street, north side of Stewart Avenue and the south side of Vineyard Drive," said Mayor Kleeburg.

At the public hearing the opposition presented countless arguments and testimonies in hopes of appealing the decision. And now their fate rests in the seven panel board, who can choose to uphold or reverse the previous ruling.

"We like the city council to reverse the Planning and Zoning Commissions approval of the conditional use application," said resident opposed to apartments, Dale Bening. "There were certain serious concerns that were brought to the commission attention that were not addressed. There were documentary procedural problems. The landowners rights to the quiet enjoyment of their property is being abridged."

But as everyone knows you don't own the view you own the property and it's that property value that they say is being threatened.

"My documentation shows that my property value will decrease by $50,000," said Lien.

All seven city council members agreed to table the topic until February 10th in order to process all the information presented in the meeting.