Residents of Glynde in Adelaide's east are being shown concept designs for a $13 million electricity substation project some have long opposed.
Ian Rohde lives close to a vacant block owned by SA Power Networks at the corner of Davis and Barnes Roads.
He has taken a look at the proposed design but remains wary.
"[It] has a sort of residential property look about it, this is not offering us anything special," he said.
"If you sell the block and allow it to be developed for residential we'll have something that's residential." Mr Rohde said he had given the power company details of at least two people willing to sell nearby land which could allow the substation to be built further away from homes.
The planned substation will back on to a retirement village where Donald Clay lives.
"They're looking at the easiest way out, they've got that block there," he said.
"How would they like a place like that right alongside their own house?" The local council and local state member, Grace Portolesi, also have raised concern about putting a substation on the corner.
SA Power Networks said despite an exhaustive search, it was unable to find a better site.