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High Rises in West Highland? Residents Say No

There seems to be a consistent theme among Counties, Municipalities, and high-density developers: Just keep “educating” the people on what they really need and want, as obviously the problem in pushing through unwanted projects resides not in the greed of the developer nor the inappropriateness of the project, but rather the ignorance of the people.

If people were more “educated”, they would understand the need for high rises in their backyards.  Really?

Does the City truly believe they can “educate” these residents into welcoming this overbuilt, intrusive development into their community?  A development that will destroy the intimate and quaint character for which Highland’s is known?  I think not.

This is not about an education, but a way of life.  The residents and community members chose the Highland area for certain qualities; they have vested interest in preserving not only what attracted them to the community, but also what attracts others.

It’s great to see people standing up for their rights, keep up the good work!  It’s time the City and County officials receive a little “education” of their own.

Highland apartment project foes push back
Residents say 5-story units are too high; will meet with developer

Denver-based RedPeak Properties has three parcels under contract for an apartment complex around Highlands Square.
Residents are worried the project, which they say will consist of three five-story buildings, will alter the character of the neighborhood.More than 200 residents attended a contentious meeting on the project last week. Representatives from the developer declined to specify the number of stories the project would include.
On Dec. 6, Councilwoman Susan Shepherd and officials from the City Attorney’s Office and Community Planning and Development plan to hold a “zoning-learning session” at a West Highland Neighborhood Association meeting at 7 p.m. at Highland Event Center, 2945 Julian St.
But Laura Goode, organizer of No High Rises in West Highland, said the group also wants a one-on-one meeting with the city regarding the zoning, which allows for five-story development. She said the group has obtained about 1,300 signatures on a petition opposing the project.
“We don’t need an education, we need a remedy,” she said earlier this week.
On Dec. 7, a group consisting of representatives from the city, the developer, the neighborhood association and No High Rises in West Highland is expected to discuss the design of the proposed project.
Goode said she’d like to see no more than two stories. “It’s a good development in the wrong place,” she said.
Mike Zoellner, president of RedPeak Properties, said in an interview the company doesn’t plan to adjust the zoning, up or down. He said high rises are typically considered to be at least seven stories.
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