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High-rise opponents seeking reversal

Neighbors claim building will cut property values

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Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 12:56 am, Tue Dec 18, 2012.

COEUR d'ALENE - Neighbors of a 14-story high-rise proposed for downtown Coeur d'Alene are asking the City Council to overturn a subcommission's decision that helps greenlight the project.

The request for an appeal, filed originally by project neighbor Harold Damiano and supported by attorney Scott Reed, says that the Design Review Committee, DRC, erred when it approved the proposed downtown building design without taking into account how the project would negatively affect neighboring property values.

"The building could be designed differently to mitigate, if not entirely eliminate the damage to the private property values," a Dec. 6 letter from Reed to the city states. "The first duty of the Design Review Commission is ... 'to protect property rights and values.'"

The appeal asks that building permits not be issued until the City Council reviews the DRC's decision. The DRC officially approved the design Nov. 29, submitted by a real estate development firm Austin Lawrence Partners, out of Aspen, Colo., to build a retail and condo complex at the corner of First Street and Lakeside Avenue.

After listening to public testimony during three meetings, the DRC stated that the proposed design fit all of Coeur d'Alene's building guidelines and standards. The DRC's role is to review if designs fit those guidelines.

But Reed's letter states that neighboring properties like the Coeur d'Alene North condos would lose in excess of $1 million, and adjacent property rights must also be protected, which is one of the DRC's responsibilities. Reed has said in previous interviews he is willing to litigate the matter should other avenues fail.

Deputy City Attorney Warren Wilson said the city is reviewing the request and an appeal could go to the City Council in January.

Code that explains the appeal process for a DRC decision states that the appeal must be based on whether design standards adhere to the city's design guidelines, such as height limit and setback requirements. Other factors outside the building's design "are not grounds for appeal because they are not design review criteria."

Damiano could not be reached for comment Monday.

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5 comments:

  • mister d posted at 5:27 pm on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Might as well build it, the views have been ruined for more years than most of you have been here.

     
  • heatherfeather posted at 12:01 pm on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

    heatherfeather Posts: 297

    All of this is speculation at this point. Loss of property value? How could one prove this? It would be difficult to make comparables to the CDA North since the other high-rise condos are much more modern.

    I read the DRC's decision, and the guidelines they follow have to do with specific design issues (driveway cuts, awnings, architectural enhancements). It is doubtful the council will overturn the decision, as the building fits existing zoning.

     
  • CClavin posted at 10:36 am on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

    CClavin Posts: 221

    The pains of progress. I guess I would not want my view of the lake blocked either.

     
  • witness posted at 7:56 am on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

    witness Posts: 56

    To assure a view, buy the lot that fronts the view. Otherwise, you get what you paid for, a secondary lot. Take a hike, whiners.

     
  • IdahoJoey posted at 6:56 am on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

    IdahoJoey Posts: 343

    The appeal has no grounds to stand upon. The Committee acted completely within its bounds. Aside from that, this building causes no more 'damage' than its opponents (who live in CdA North) did when they put up their building. Karma has a funny way of getting you in the end doesn't it Mr. Damiano?

     
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