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Neighbors speak out before re-zoning approval that they say would disturb neighborhood

 Neighbors in the Spring Crest neighborhood are speaking out before city council meets on Tuesday.
Posted at 10:01 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 00:34:50-05

EL PASO COUNTY — Neighbors in the Spring Crest neighborhood are speaking out before city council meets on Tuesday.

"This is our refuge, our sanctuary, from all of the chaos going on everyone else in the world," said Brian Fasterling, resident in the Spring Creek neighborhood.

On January 12th, city council will discuss the following, "An ordinance annexing the area known as Peak Center Addition No. 1 Annexation located east of Voyager Parkway along Old Ranch Road consisting of 11.36 acres."

Last year, one of Fasterling's neighbors received a notice in the mail from the city explaining the possible development.

"It was a typical postcard in the mail from the city that there is a development proposal going on. They are the only ones that received it too," said Fasterling.

That proposed plan is for Peaks Recovery, a rehab center.

Chris Burns, the center's president, says they spent a lot of time looking for the right location.

"It was really important to us to have a residential feel, to have a home style atmosphere where this would be where folks could check in for a few days," said Burns.

Burns says the center helps people struggling with addiction, and their building will match the local aesthetic. He says there would also be road improvements.

"The long term outlook on this is a wider and safer Old Ranch Rd. as a result of us moving in there and aligning with the city on this process," said Burns.

Still Fasterling believes his quiet neighborhood would turn upside down, with more traffic and noise.

"We don't want to let that camels nose get under the tent because we all know how that goes afterwards," said Fasterling.

As of now the land is owned by the county, therefore they can't act on an appeal. The annexation would have to happen first.

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