COLORADO SPRINGS — Neighbors of a potential housing development in Northern Colorado Springs said they are concerned about the future of the land. There's a development being proposed near the corner of Roller Coaster and North Gate, and News 5 spoke with one man who's lived in that area for years to learn more about why some residents in Flying Horse are worried.
John Holzwarth said he bought his home in Flying Horse in 2011, and has seen the area grow. But when a sign went up across the street from his house, he said he grew concerned about an apartment complex popping up there. "I'd be supportive of a change if it felt like it was a community based change, but it's really not," said Holzwarth.
Those with the City of Colorado Springs said no application has been filed for a multi-family complex, and there have not been any changes to zoning at this time. However, there is a scheduled pre-application meeting on Tuesday evening for the developer to hear about community concerns, and decide if they would like to submit an application for the land.
Holzwarth said he wrote a letter expressing his opposition to the proposal before News 5 met with him, and said when he bought his house, he expected something like a supermarket to be built on the property. "People bought based on what they knew was going to be happening, now this change, changes that dramatically," said Holzwarth.
Holzwarth said he has several concerns, including property value, traffic, and schools. "Moved here to be part of Discovery Canyon Campus, and our first year, we were rejected from being in the fourth grade, they were at capacity. At that point, that's eight years ago," said Holzwarth.
News 5 is still trying to get in touch with the developer, because it was around closing time when we called.
The neighborhood meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Canyon Cafetorium. Comments need to be submitted by October 1. Those can be given to City Planner Hannah Van Nimwegen, who's email address is Hannah.VanNimwegen@coloradosprings.gov.