TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The negotiations between Cobblestone Crossings and surrounding homeowners continues.
Thanks to the Stop-Work Order granted by the Vigo County Commissioners , attorneys on both sides are finally compromising.
One of the neighboring homeowners is relieved, and believes that, after years of waiting, he can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel.
Rick Wheeler has been patiently waiting for Cobblestone Crossings to paint his shed that was defiled by graffiti four years previously.
Wheeler found graffiti on the structure that butts up against the Cobblestone apartments.
When Cobblestone refused to remove it, Wheeler took matters into his own hands by doing nothing.
"I decided I wouldn't paint over the graffiti, that I feel strongly that some tenants in Cobblestone put on my building," Wheeler stated.
Profanity and racial slurs sat facing the apartments for years until Thursday afternoon.
Wheeler said Cobblestone workers showed up and finally painted his shed.
"It's a negotiation start, which we should have been at, should have been able to, resolve years ago; and, I think we were going to move in the right direction," said Wheeler.
"I think it would enhance our property values; I think it would give us a gated community look; and I think our property—that have since decreased—maybe, be enhanced by that, or maybe the property values would come back," said Wheeler.
However, Wheeler believes the only offer Cobblestone management has is a wooden fence. He also mentioned, referring to the apartments, building has stopped and can't continue until Vigo County Commissioners approve Cobblestone's zoning change.
It's a game of compromising, slowly inching towards a resolution.
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