Lawsuit aims to stop Coeur d’Alene high-rise

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by COLE HEATH & KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 8 at 8:01 PM

COUER D’ALENE, Idaho-- People living in the Lake Tower Apartments filed a lawsuit to stop plans for nearby high-rise condo. Attorneys filed the suit and claim that an upcoming project could block their clients’ views of Lake Coeur d’Alene.

A Colorado based developer announced plans to replace the building west of the Lake Tower Apartments. One Lakeside, Llc submitted plans for a 14 story building to replace a one story building.

Lake Tower tenant, Don Sausser, currently has a panoramic view. Yet, Sausser said he fears One Lakeside’s plans will block his view of the lake.

“You pay rent for that view and if happens, it happens,” added Sausser,”but I would hate to think we didn't try to stop it.”

Sausser and other tents joined a group called “Coeur d’Alene North Homeowners Vies Preservation Llc.” The group came together to stop planned construction. The group sued the Coeur d’Alene city leaders for approving the One Lakeside project. They also filed a lawsuit against One Lakeside for any nuisances created by construction.

“We'd like to stop the project if we can’t stop the project then we would want compensation for the loss of what they had,” said Sausser.

Attorney Scott Reed said he plans to use Idaho State laws to protect the tenants’ private property. Yet, Reed admitted that there is not an agreement preventing scenery-blocking buildings.

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