Trail Ridge Development Continues
The council gave the go ahead to build new homes in the Trail Ridge neighborhood, but that decision means more headaches for current residents. Maggie Henson, a Trail Ridge resident, can hardly hear her wind chimes over the sounds of bulldozers and construction equipment. She tried to stop the development in her Trail Ridge neighborhood and failed. She tried to stop the erosion and water runoff from the construction site just across the street, and failed again.
"Everything was flattened within an hour and everything was gone," Henson says. "It was as if a bomb had hit or something."
The city council says the city and Department of Natural Resources approved an erosion-control plan for the site. The council gave final approval to the plan to build residential homes on more than 60 lots in Trail Ridge. Laura Nauser, Fifth Ward Councilwoman, says it's the kind of development she likes to see.
"We like to see the space within developed. There's already the infrastructure and roadways. There's already service by police and fire," Nauser says.
That's not good enough for Henson. She considered moving but instead she says she's stuck.
"I think a lot of people will say we don't want to consider buying that house because look at what's going on across the street," Henson says.
"When the process is done, hopefully their concerns are going to be alleviated," Nauser says.
Until the process is completed, Henson will try to close out the chaos in her front yard by relaxing in her backyard.
The developer plans to build his first house in the expanded portion of Trail Ridge in the Spring.