Plans for 14-story luxury apartments stir controversy in Coeur d'Alene

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 22 at 8:24 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Coeur d'Alene is growing up instead of out.

The city recently approved construction of a 14-story luxury apartment building near city park. The structure would join two newer condominium towers and Coeur d'Alene resort as the tallest buildings downtown.

City leaders encourage residential development in the city center to boost downtown shopping and nightlife. Building towers near downtown also prevents sprawl, which is limited by the area's natural features.

The Spokesman-Review reports the tallest a building may rise downtown is 200 feet, plus another 20 feet for an architectural feature such as an arch.

The new $20 million development has upset neighboring condo owners who say the new building will block their views of the lake.

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