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Published September 12, 2011, 10:38 PM

South GF Homeowners Unhappy With New Proposed Apartment Building

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Homeowners in the south part of Grand Forks are not feeling too neighborly toward a proposed apartment building.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Homeowners in the south part of Grand Forks are not feeling too neighborly toward a proposed apartment building.

Monday night at the Grand Forks city council finance meeting, some people say they didn't even know about it until recently.

As Grand Forks continues to develop to the south, not everyone is a fan of some ideas of how it should be developed.

Some homeowners say the proposed apartment building is not what they were promised and adding that to the residential area could bring problems with a population increase and small streets.

There is always a good reason to love your neighborhood.

"It's a quiet street and that's what we wanted," homeowner Shawn Norton said.

Norton and his neighbors live near 48th Street S. and they told the Grand Forks finance committee what they don't want: a 44-unit apartment building and garages right across the street.

"They said what was going to be built was town homes. Who is going to want to buy this house when an apartment building is 15 feet away? The value of my house dropped 15 percent," Norton said.

Enclave Development wants to build on this 300 acres in the 5000 Curran area. The land is owned by Crary Prudential.

One homeowner says building apartments will increase the number of people by 55 percent. With small roads, that's a lot of car congestion, especially when there are piles of snow.

"Last winter, an ambulance couldn't get down the street," homeowner Rick Mapel said.

Mapel says one of the biggest concerns was some homeowners did not know about the development when they bought their homes.

"This was not something that was talked about to us. There were no signs there. Back in '09 we were promised there would be signs indicating building. To date, that has not occurred yet," Mapel said.

A similar situation happened back in 2009. The city council will look at an ordinance about making construction signage more visible to homeowners. But, one council member says homeowners need to be more proactive.

"What we need to do as homeowners is do digging and checking," council president Hal Gershman said.

Some homeowners met with a representative from Enclave Monday night to discuss this development and that rep says the company thinks this is a quality project in an area zoned for families, and are willing to work with them.