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BOISE -- Some Boiseans are worried that new skinny homes slated to be built in their neighborhood will ruin the look of it and drive down their property values.

But the people building those homes say they're actually trying to help improve the neighborhood.

A meeting will be held at Whitney Elementary School tonight to allow neighbors to meet with developers and talk through their concerns.

Oddly enough, the organization building these homes and getting criticism from neighbors, is a non-profit that regularly hosts events to help and beautify the community.

Grey Titmus is the project manager for NHS Community Services in Boise. They're a non-profit that spearheads community-beautification events like Paint the Town and Rake Up Boise. But that's not all.

We're also in the business of building new homes, said Titmus. We sell these homes to people who might not be able to get a home otherwise.

That's what they're planning to do on Kerr Street in Boise, putting five so-called skinny homes on what were lots for two homes.

They can save tens of thousands of dollars buying these homes, said Titmus.

But neighbors living on Kerr Street, like Michael Dick, aren't happy.

I'm not the only homeowner on this block that feels like property value will go down and traffic will go up, and noise and disruptive neighbors, said Dick.

Dick says the skinny homes also don't match the current architecture of the neighborhood and drive down home values because he sees many of these homes turning into rentals.

I'm skeptical and maybe I'm wrong, but I'm skeptical that families are going to come in and live there for 20 to 30 years, said Dick.

Titmus says NHS requires potential buyers to take credit and homeowner classes to make sure they can stay in these homes and be good neighbors.

It's just a shame to see this kind of stuff happen, said Dick.

The meeting at Whitney Elementary starts at 7 p.m..

This meeting is one of the requirements of building skinny homes, thanks to a city ordinance enacted a few years ago when so many of these were being built in older Boise neighborhoods.

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