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Residents dissatisfied with updated Victorian Village high-rise proposal

COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- At a Wednesday meeting, some of the Victorian Village Commissioners said they want the lowest portion of the proposed building that would sit on Price Street to be five stories and the highest to be at 11.

That did not sit right with some of the people in the community.

There were a couple of themes that residents developed during a special Victorian Village Commission meeting. One was "Just say no," and the other was "Protect, preserve, and enhance."

All of the residents at the meeting did not like the new proposal that Kaufman Development brought forward.

The newest renderings shows a drop to the highest portion of the building from 14 stories high down to 12 stories.

This  is still too tall for residents.

So NBC4 asked the CEO of Kaufman Development, Brett Kaufman, if he is at all willing to cut the height.

"No we're not. We don't feel those fears are valid in reality," said Kaufman.

Kaufman said the neighbors' issues with a potential loss of sunlight would affect a few houses during certain points of the day, and its not as bad as residents said.

So now he's been given another opportunity to change this project again making this ninth time since December he has met with this commission.

He said he is committed to create something this neighborhood would be proud of but is okay with walking away.

"Absolutely if the commission said this project is a no, we don't want it, it's way off, then we wouldn't be coming back," said Kaufman.

The next Victorian Village Commission meeting is in June.


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