Neighbors speak out against new apartment complex

It was a packed City Council meeting in Phoenix as residents fought back against a developer building an apartment complex near 32nd Street and Shea Blvd.

The residents are upset over the height of the complex and say it just doesn't fit in their neighborhood. After a vote of the city council, the complex was approved and will move forward.

The proposed apartment complex is called "View 32." The 135 unit complex would be built at the northeast corner of 32nd Street and Shea.

So far more than 600 people living nearby have signed a petition against the plan.

"I would pretty much have a wall obliterating most of the sky," said Nancy Miller.

Miller has lived in the neighborhood for 40 years. Current zoning laws only allow for 1-2 story buildings here, but she says if View 32 is approved at four stories, it would block the mountain views and hurt property values in the area.

"The reason people live here is because of the wonderful suburban country feel, our beautiful mountain views," said Miller.

Michelle Lombino, another neighbor, agrees. She says the development isn't a good fit for this corner.

"This proposed building is too high, it's too dense, it's too long, it just doesn't fit in this neighborhood. It would ruin the character of this entire neighborhood," said Michelle Lombino.

"A building of that height and that density, and that length will become a focal point on this street. It will stick out, literally above everything else in the neighborhood," said Michelle West.

A number of people have shown support for View 32, saying it will help revitalize the area, and the developer has agreed to lower the height of the building from five stories to four, and reduce the number of units.

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