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Neighbors upset about living next to car dealership

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It's a quiet neighborhood now, just a few homes. But some lots on Kainz Drive in Hiawatha have been bought out, now owned by a man who wants to build a car dealership there.

"When we look out our front door right now and into our neighborhood, we see green space and houses," said Chris Backen. "We kind of think that when the car dealership's here we'll just see rows of cars."

The Hiawatha City Council recently made a decision that would allow businesses on the block, which would get rid of one entrance to the area. People who live there have been told a cul-de-sac will be built, which doesn't sit well with some.

"Our street does flood and we wouldn't be able to get in and out if there's a blockage down at this end," said Cindy Jesse.

That worries Jessee, not just as a homeowner, but as a business owner. She's lived on the street for 28 years, running an in-home daycare for 25 of those.

"Getting kids to school back and forth if it's flooded," said Jessee, listing more concerns,"parents coming back and forth."

Others aren't happy about the lights, the sound or the increased traffic -- one woman even told KWWL it's the worst situation she can think of when it comes to raising her son.

Neighbors have shared their concerns with the city council, but fear their voices aren't being heard.

"I would still like to see it not happen," said Backen. "I'm not sure if that's even an option."

The man who wants to build the car dealership said it's not a done deal yet. He still needs city approval to build on the lot. He expects his project to be reviewed at a city meeting later this month.

Hiawatha Mayor Tom Theis says neighbors will likely get a chance to look at the design of the dealership before the city council does. He believes many of these concerns will be addressed at that time.

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