Neighbors Angered About Proposed Apartment Building

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Residents in the Harrison West neighborhood said on Tuesday that a proposed four-story building would cost them money.

Columbus City Council voted to approve an apartment building in the neighborhood, located near Interstate 670 and state Route 315, 10TV’s Kevin Landers reported.

Adam Deutsch, president of the Harrison Park Homeowners Association, said that he and his neighbors were shocked when they heard the news about the planned 2-acre development.

“I thought it was extremely irresponsible,” Deutsch said.

Developer Mark Wagenbrenner said that residents knew that the development was coming.

“We’re just miffed this got so out of hand, and we’re sick about it,” Wagenbrenner said.

According to residents, the battle is over the design of the building, which would feature parking on the lower level.

“This has been on our Web site since 2009, and to say that at this late game, that they didn’t see this coming is just not adding up for us,” Wagenbrenner said.

Homeowners said that the plan was for 75 units, not the proposed 108 units, Landers reported.

Wagenbrenner said that he agreed the number of units changed, but the total number proposed to be built did not change.

“That’s going to do nothing but over saturate the market with the supply, and that’s going to hurt our property values,” condo owner Matt Cantera said.

Homeowners also said that they would have to forfeit a part of their tax abatement to pay for development fees. Currently, the city offers homeowners a 75-percent abatement.

With the new development, homeowners would lose 25 percent of the abatement, Landers reported.

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