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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Plans for six new roundabouts are moving forward, but it's pretty clear people living there are split on the issue -- including one property owner who says the decision reminds him of living in Vietnam.

Monday night, the Cedar Falls City Council voted 6-1 in favor of putting roundabouts on University Avenue. They will go at every intersection except for Rownd Street and Midway Avenue.

The Hong Kong restaurant in Cedar Falls is bustling with people in for lunch Tuesday, but that may change.

"They are going to take this building out and turn it into the roundabout parking lot," said Tom Pham, property owner. 

Pham has owned the property that houses Hong Kong for seven years.

He says the restaurant will be wiped off the map with this new proposal. He's concerned because the three families who run this place have been here for years.

"This is what he's work, this is what he's good at," said Pham. "If he loses this, what is he going to do?"

Pham was at the roundabout meeting Monday night. He says he doesn't agree with the project, but never thought he would lose a business out of it.

He compares what's happening to his time in Vietnam.

"We escaped from a communist country to get over here, because this is what happened over there," said Pham. "If they see your land and they like it, they do something and just take it and pay you a little amount for it. But I would never think it would happen to us the same way in the U.S."

Pham says he was called by the engineers on the project, but never met with them. He says he has contacted his attorney and isn't exactly sure where to go from here.

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