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Neighborhood Starts Silent Protest Against Pole Barn

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Residents in the Walnut Neighborhood say they're sick of looking at a 14,000 square foot pole barn from Niowave and have decided to silently protest. They built a replica of that barn and put it in front of the company's building.

Neighbors say the industrial-looking pole barn popped up last year without any warning and that attempts to work with Niowave on a reasonable solution have been futile.

Those living along the tree-lined streets of the neighborhood say they've been the small guy, fighting to have his voice heard. They say they're not even sure what the building is being used for.
     
"We feel like we need to act right now because if we don't, we feel like we'll be looking at that pole barn for the next 100 years. And our children and our grandchildren will wonder, 'how did this get built?'" said Dale Schrader, a neighbor in the area. "There's no reason it's there. There's no reason they couldn't have spent the money to put in a proper building in the first place. And they need to spend the money to fix it."

6 News went to visit Niowave to see if anyone had a response to the protest, but they refused an interview saying they had nothing to say. The only time the company has spoken to 6 News on camera was when it announced its $10 million dollar expansion last year.

Neighbors say they plan to continue their peaceful protests until Niowave takes action.

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