People living in one northeast side neighborhood said Monday that their peace and quiet was in jeopardy
"It's really nice to live here, and it's going to be a big change," said Michael Sikyta. "We're in the perfect location, we're not far from the airport, we're not far from grocery stores but it's quiet and convenient here."
The neighborhood Sikyta is talking about is the 5800 block of North Hamilton Road near East Dublin-Granville Road.
"It's nice to wake up in the morning and see the wildlife in the backyard. We've had 10 to 15 deer in our backyard at any given time in the morning," Sikyta said.
But Sikyta and his neighbors said they have to fight city hall to keep their tranquility.
A new proposal to develop the land immediately behind Sikyta's house has forced him to fight or even consider moving.
Sikyta said he does not want apartments behind his home and others nearby agree.
Neighbors in The Preserves are banding together to encourage Columbus City Councilors to deny a request by the development company, Casto, to rezone the land.
They said building an apartment complex will lower property values and their quality of life.
"I don't think our chances are very good at winning, but we're going to fight it until the end. That's my nature and that's the nature of the neighborhood that we're going to fight it," said Sikyta.
Casto would not comment to 10TV about the development.
The Columbus Development Commission has already approved the rezoning, stating the proposal fits with land use patterns of the area and the developer has proposed a 25-foot area of trees along the property line.
City Council is expected to make the final vote at their meeting Monday night.
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