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National Hills residents upset over proposed apartment complex

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Eileen Faucette-Robinson is fed up with the problems; years of problems, from what she says is a result of an apartment complex towering over her backyard.

"Situations like this where there is a health and safety concern, a water management concern, that's not a one year, a two year, a three year issue, that's a lifetime issue," she said.

She's lived off of Brookwood Drive for seven years, and says that not only is the retaining wall behind the apartments unmaintained, she's seen water rush down it and flood right into her backyard.

Faucette-Robinson's next door neighbor, Tom Davis, provided video to WFXG that shows just how bad the flooding can get after a heavy rain.

Further down Brookwood Drive, I met Robert Olive. He lives behind where a new, similar 252 unit complex is proposed to be built.

"Three or four story monstrosity that overlooks my backyard," he commented. "Those don't but these ones will. That's the first thing I thought of. I wasn't too happy about that."

He was in attendance at a recent meeting to gather neighborhood feedback from residents like himself.

"They explained the project, they explained their plans," Olive said. "And they told us what they could expect, what their promises were. And that they wanted to work with us the best they could."

To hear more about the proposal, I called Augusta's Planning and Development Director George Patty.

Patty said he wasn't available for an interview, but he acknowledged the problems residents are currently experiencing, and assured me regulations for building the new complex have become a lot more strict.

Residents say they're not opposed to new development; they just want the already existing complex to be kept in shape.

"We just think that development needs to be managed wisely," said Faucette-Robinson. "For the benefit of all the neighbors, big and small, and to protect the life and safety of all the residents."

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