8/21/2012 3:24 PM
Real estate development firm Austin Lawrence Partners has proposed a 12-story, 135-foot (41-meter) tall retail and apartment complex in downtown Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The proposal has drawn protests from neighbors, who are threatening to sue to stop the plan.
The company wants to start construction on the 125,000-square-foot luxury apartment building in the spring. But the developers must first receive approval from the city's Design Review Commission, according to local media.
At the proposal meetings, locals expressed concerns that the new 135-foot-tall building would "obliterate" their views and increase traffic congestion.
A letter submitted by a neighboring housing association urged the city reject the proposal because it "would go against regulations established to protect property rights by causing an economic loss for existing neighbors in excess of a million dollars." The association has threatened to sue developers if their concerns are not addressed.
The developers plan to take the public suggestions under advisement and submit revised plans to the Commission. Denver-based firm OZ Architecture is designing the building.