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Residents Worried Plans for High Rise Building Will Ruin Libby Hill Park View

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Residents are worried a proposed plan to build high-rise condo project will ruin the panoramic view from Libby Hill Park Residents are worried a proposed plan to build high-rise condo project will ruin the panoramic view from Libby Hill Park
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -

Hundreds of people came out Libby Hill Park to enjoy the James River fireworks show Saturday night. But a group of residents are worried that view will be gone forever if a proposed plan to build a high-rise building on Pear Street becomes reality.

It’s is something a group of residents have been fighting for a while. The Pear St. Project would include a 13 to 16-story building by Tobacco Row.

“It’s used a lot. There are weddings held here almost every weekend during nice weather. and people come here for the panoramic view, that was set in 1851 by city council, and if this very tall building is allowed to be here there won't be a panoramic view anymore,” said Heather Dinkin, a member of RVA 180.

“This is one of the prime viewing areas and it would take a lot of that away. Not all of it, but a lot of it,” said James Fritts, a Church Hill resident.

The developer has asked city council for a special unit permit, which allows the to override the current zoning and build a high rise condo project.

“It sets a precedent for all development in all our beautiful areas. Richmond is known as a riverfront city, and if you can't see it, it's not a riverfront city anymore,” said Dinkin.

Members of group handed out flyers about the project, asking residents to sign an online petition against the project and reach out to city council members.

They say it’s all so residents and visitors can continue to enjoy the view.

“It’s going to block out a whole section of the sky! And it would be a shame if that were allowed to happen,” said Dinkin.

City Council is expected to vote on the project July 14.

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