Letter: Turn down proposal
We are residents of Cottonwood Landing, at 2562 Woodberry Drive. We urge the City Council to deny Mr. Helm’s most recent proposal for the apartment complex at 2225 Midland Ave. We agree with all the points made by Randy Rippy and Julie Wilson in the Dec. 8 Post Independent and Nick Kelly’s Nov. 14 Post Independent letter to the editor regarding the low “walkability index” of this development.
In addition to the excellent points about traffic congestion on Midland, the geology of the proposed construction site and the low “walkability index,” we in Cottonwood Landing are experiencing dangerous high-speed cars driving through our private road, Woodberry Drive.
Woodberry runs right through the middle of our condominium complex. There are two exits, one entering from the south off 27th Street and the other one at the north end of the complex that exits on Midland. This is important to understand since this drive is used by motorists when either Midland or 27th becomes congested. The roundabout at 27th and Midland causes the delay, especially when Sopris Elementary is in session. One must deal with school and Four Mile residents at peak times.
We have children playing in the complex, and while the speed limit is posted 10 mph, people cut through as much as 15 mph faster. Sooner or later, there will be a tragic accident.
Now add the issue of the bridge closing and this will be an interesting three to four months. Again, cutting through will become more prevalent, and the real possibility of injury, and possibly death, becomes very real. But the bridge closing is only a temporary glitch, and things will return to normal, and the possibility of an accident will decrease.
Now add in the Fox Hollow issue and the number of cars entering and using Midland and imagine the impact on Woodberry Drive. As council members, you are responsible not to create a scenario that could increase the risk to our children.
Clearly, already the traffic congestion is beyond what was planned and presents increased danger for residents. Please do not add to this congestion and increased danger for Cottonwood Landing. We ask you to deny Mr. Helms’ request for the apartment complex development.
Sheryl and Ted Doll
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