COLORADO SPRINGS – Construction of a low-income housing project in the Broadmoor Bluffs area is now underway, almost a year after a lawsuit was filed to try and stop it.
The Ridge is a 60-unit complex that will be split up into three different buildings.
Some of the future neighbors of the low-income housing are starting to come around to the project.
“I would say in the last 6 or 7 months, most of us have changed our minds,” said Debi Krier.
Not without exhausting all other options, though.
Krier belongs to one of the Associations that challenged the project in court.
“We had gone to every one of the meetings they asked. we wrote letters. we hired an attorney. we donated money–we did everything,” she told News5.
Last October, though, the El Paso County Court ruled developers could move forward with the project.
“Hopefully, whoever runs this over here runs it by the rules they showed us during the meeting,” Krier said.
Krier says she still doesn’t believe neighbors’ concerns about things like property value, ADA-compliancy, and possible landslides in the area were thoroughly addressed.
Landslides continue to be a big concern for those who still oppose the project–pointing out the city has already agreed to purchase six nearby homes, damaged by slow moving landslides back in 2015.
Krier says she and some of her neighbors have focused on other pressing issues in their neighborhood in recent months.
“we had the hail storm in August. We were told that the roof on all three buildings is totaled. we’ve been real concerned about that.”
Construction is expected to wrap in March of 2020.
“This is not even on the agenda anymore,” said Krier.
“It’s over. It’s done. We’ll just get alone–hopefully, we’ll get along. we should.”