Welcome to life in a growing city. The lesson to be learned here is that when you're looking at a condo where the views are a big selling point, in a part of town that is seeing a lot of revitalization, and there is a vacant building right next door between you and another newer successful project, you had better consider the possibility of another building going up someday and ask the right questions of your building's developer.
A property owner can sell the Air Rights to the space above their building and a developer can buy those rights to protect the views they are charging a premium for in their own development.
Kenton Peters obviously didn't do this, whether out of ignorance or otherwise, and now he's relegated to making ridiculous comments such as this....
Peters also said that offering rental studios and one-bedroom apartments would create the kind of problems seen in the Allied Drive neighborhood, one of the city’s more troubled neighborhoods.
"As I look at the building proposed ... I can say to you that I think what you're proposing will be the Allied Drive of downtown in 10 years," Peters said.
....to try and make up for his own mistakes or short sightedness.
Marina resident Scott Henderson said that local condo residents are wary of added traffic and congestion at the location. Scarano admitted that the state building is an "eyesore," but said McGrath's project "is the wrong way to go."
"Your building reminds me of what my two-year-old grandson built with LEGO," another speaker said.
The "added traffic and congestion" argument is the most overused and overblown talking point in the Protester 101 handbook. How many people just moved into the 700 block of E wash? 400-500 at least. I haven't noticed any congestion around there.
I guess I don't blame these people for trying but they're argument is weak and their ire should be aimed more at Mr. Peters.