Homeowners Concerned About Licking County Intel Project

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Homeowners fear their home values ​​will plummet once construction begins.

LICKING COUNTY, Ohio — Homeowners who live on Aruba Avenue in Licking County call their neighborhood “The Bermuda Rectangle” because it’s an island surrounded by farmlands that will soon be converted into Intel’s $20 billion semiconductor fab target.

Many people fear that the homes they bought 20 years ago will fall in value as Intel and its suppliers begin building on the farmland that protects their homes from encroachment.

“We’re losing our lifestyle,” said Connie McVay.

“We moved here because it’s a rural area, we had cows and corn or neighbors,” said Paul Weinberger.

There are 33 homes in the subdivision, which covers approximately 100 acres.

“Now we’re going to be surrounded by a concrete jungle,” said Dave Freshly.

Those who live here say they are not opposed to Intel coming to Ohio.

“I’m excited to see what it will do for Ohio and our country. I’m just not excited to be the Bermuda Triangle in the thick of it,” said Jennifer Jennings.

The farmland surrounding the neighborhood was unanimously approved by the New Albany Planning Commission to be redesignated from agriculture to a TMD or technology manufacturing district.

New Albany has promised residents a “minimum 100 foot building backlog from each resident. If a building exceeds 65 feet in height, the minimum setback required is increased to 300 feet. The city adds landscaped hills with a mix of trees to provide an opacity of 75%.”

“It’s not going to be a sound barrier and it’s not going to be a light barrier,” Freshly said.

“All the reasons we moved here have been eliminated,” McVay said.

Homeowners want to know why Intel isn’t buying their homes or tearing down others like they have done elsewhere on the project site.

10TV asked Intel for a response but received no response.

These homeowners, many of whom have lived here for more than two decades, fear their homes will decline in value once Intel begins construction.

The City of New Albany responded by saying, “We do not believe the project will have a negative impact on nearby property values.

“With the size of our house and our acreage, we’d have to go out for half an hour and pay a million dollars, which you can’t get here,” McVay said.

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