NW OKC neighborhood fighting against proposal for potential apartment complex next door

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Some homeowners in Northwest Oklahoma City are upset, fighting for a proposal about an apartment complex being built too close to their homes.

Residents near the intersection of NW 164th and Portland claimed builders selling homes never let them know about a multistory building with hundreds of units could be just feet away.

Some folks are worried about increased traffic, home value reductions and more.

"Everybody here is upset," said Leo Carter.

Leo Carter bought his home in this upscale development near NW 164th and Portland, seven months ago.

What he didn’t know then was a 199 unit, multistory apartment complex could be moving in right next door.

"Most of them feel like it's going to degrade our homes, that we would lose value of our homes," said Carter.

Finding out about the potential "Portland Point" apartments by a letter in the mail two weeks ago, Carter and his neighbors have put together a petition for the city fighting to keep the complex out.

"They feel like they're going to be looking down in their backyards, they won't have any privacy," said Carter.

Just down the road near Memorial and MacArthur, Gale Rycroft is already dealing with the aftermath of an apartment complex built too close to home.

"I built this panel, just to block the vision of our patio, so we'd have some privacy," said Gale Rycroft.

Already annoyed by lack of privacy, Rycroft is concerned about noisy neighbors when more residents move in.

After 19 years of living here, he says he has some tough decisions to make.

"Look at the possibility of selling and moving," said Rycroft.

A worry Carter shares as he plans to fight to keep his NW 164th and Portland neighborhood quiet.

"We hope we're the winners in this fight for saving our neighborhood," said Carter.

The Oklahoma City Planning Commission is holding a public hearing next Thursday at 1:30 p.m. to hear arguments about the proposed apartment complex.

Carter said he and many other residents in Ironstone will be there to make their voices heard.

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