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Niowave Modifies Pole Barn Following Resident Complaints

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Lansing's Walnut neighborhood finally has an answer to its 14,000 square foot problem. After a year of nasty negotiations, a local company has finally agreed to making changes to a giant pole barn that neighbors call an "eyesore" and a detriment to their property values. 

The company, Niowave, built the barn in 2012 and ever since, neighbors have been trying to get the company to make changes so that it fits in better with the neighborhood's residential landscape.

Until now, the company resisted making changes and neighbors say they had a hard time even getting the company to talk with them. It even went as far as neighbors building a mini replica of the pole barn and parking it in front of the CEO's house. People were willing to do anything to get the company to listen.

"This is the definition of a win-win. We had two sides that seemed to be diametrically opposed and dug in...We found a way to win. We found a great solution that's gonna reface this, the neighborhood will be happy," said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.

Niowave said it's getting $250,000 worth of upgrades to the barn, including adding brick to the outer walls, painting the roof and new landscaping. Jerry Hollister, the chief operating officer of Niowave said "the facade itself will look different. It will more earth tones." He says there will also "be some different texture."

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