Controversy Brews over Proposed Midtown Home

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Neighbors in Midtown are fighting the construction of a two story home in their backyard.

“Our neighborhood is all older, smaller houses, and it just won’t fit,” Gina Jayne said.

Jayne has lived in her home on 25th and D Street for 18 years. She says she’s not opposed to a home going in next door, she just thinks this particular home is too big.

“It’s the mass. The mass is too much. It’s gonna block out the air, the sun, the trees,” Jayne said.

Indie Capital Real Estate plans to build the 25 foot home next door to Jayne’s property. Owners Erica and Nathan Cunningham told FOX40 they’ve tried to compromise with neighbors on many of their urban infill projects in Midtown.

The husband and wife team’s house at 2101 Blues Alley in Midtown was originally planned to be three stories tall, but they say they had to reduce it to 2 stories after neighbors complained.

Nathan Cunningham said a 25 foot home is well within code for the city, and that the neighborhood has other homes that size.

“It’s a territorial feeling that comes naturally unfortunately,” said Darby Patterson.

Patterson told FOX40 she’s one of the only neighbors who have stove up for the buildings that stand above others in Midtown. Her property is flanked by 2 recently built Indie Capital houses.

“We live in a city and I really think we need to adapt,” said Patterson.

Patterson said standing up for the Cunningham’s has not made her any friends on her street.

“What are we all, overeducated experts? I thought we were neighbors,” said Patterson.

Neighbors who still oppose Indie Capital’s design for the house on D Street plan to take their concerns to city council next.

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