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Neighborhood Fights Look of Building

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Wednesday was just one of a series of meetings to try to appease the Walnut Neighborhood.

Niowave, a high tech company that deals with particle acceleration among other projects, was established in the neighborhood in 2006, when they moved into what was formerly Walnut Elementary School.

Fast forward six years to 2012 when they added a $10 million building to it's portfolio, which caused an uproar in the otherwise quiet community.

"Whenever people drive by, there is a gut-level, visceral response," said Mary Elaine Kiener, a Walnut neighborhood resident.

Part of the problem was the disconnect between Niowave and the neighborhood when the building went up. The committee on development and planning met again Wednesday to discuss fixing the fascade and to prevent this from happening again.

"When you look at what's out there, at the end of the day for me, it has negatively impacted that neighborhood, both in quality of life and in property values," said Brian Jeffries, on that committee.

Jeffries says Niowave has pledged $100,000 for landscaping, but is wary of how effective it will be.

Niowave declined to comment on the landscaping changes.

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