Resident speaks out against proposed apartment project

My correspondence is in strong opposition to the proposed project planned for 60 apartment units with 30 parking spaces, plus other facilities, in the Walker Heights Subdivision in Grand Junction.  The access proposed for these apartment units, including employees and commercial vehicles, would be only be into the residential cul-de-sac of Walker Heights Subdivision, Eighth Court.  Walker Heights Subdivision is composed of 13 residential single-family homes on a cul-de-sac. These homes have values varying from $300,000 to $385,000.  This is based off a recent appraisal, and my home appraised at $358,000.

I would like to start by saying the Grand Junction Planning Department in a prior meeting, aggressively stated to residents that they could put 1,000 cars in our neighborhood (in our very short cul-de-sac) and there’s nothing we can do about it.  I’m not sure where the personal vengeance comes from, either towards the residents/neighborhood or maybe with someone individually. However, it has no place in a project like this. Additionally this project would be damaging on so many levels.  Besides, 1,000 cars wouldn’t fit. I would say even 100 cars wouldn’t fit.

I’ve owned my home for 15 years. We have deer and other wildlife every evening. And, yes, we live right in town. We all have large lots and well-kept homes.

Our access out of Eighth Court is onto Patterson Road right before the light at St. Mary’s. Several years back, a local eye doctor proposed to build a clinic on this residential site, which the Grand Junction City Council unanimously turned down. One of a number of reasons was access, because of future increased traffic into the cul-de-sac. We already experience a very dangerous situation when there are hosted events with the house directly across from this plan. On a normal day, I travel in and out of my home four to six times. The level of road rage I experience, no matter which direction I attempt to access the street I live continues to increase. Even if I’m going with traffic, I have to slow to turn onto our street. This angers drivers, because people behind want to get through the light, due to the light being so close to our street, Eighth Court. If I’m in the turning lane, I have had drivers move into the double line lane in front of me and try and play “chicken” because they want to get into the turning lane past to Seventh.

I listened to the developer say that no one would want to build a home on this property due it being so close to Patterson, yet he wants to put 60 to 120 retired people there. I can personally say that I would live in a home on this property and have often thought of building a home there. So have a number of others. The reason this property has been on the market for so long is due to the high price tag, originally almost $600,000. This has been an issue since a local doctor bought this property as a home and lived in it. He then wanted to turn it into a commercial property for his eye clinic. Unfortunately, they let the home run down. The residents of Eighth Court did not know the price had been lowered until it had already been under contract. The residents had talked about going together to buy it to either make it into a common area or in selling my home and rebuilding on that land.

There are many issues with the proposed project:

The requested in and out access for the 60-apartment unit through Eighth court before Patterson can be accessed (the project is the last home site on the corner of our cul-de-sac). Even though this has a Patterson address, it is a home in the Walker Heights Subdivision, and the driveway, and requested approved access for this 60 unit project with employees and commercial vehicles is off of Eighth Court.

High level of light and noise pollution to the single family homes in the neighborhood.

Access is too close to the Seventh Street light.

Dangerous traffic access dramatically increases onto Patterson Road from Eight Court residents and whoever else is a driving — retired or visitor, family or friend.

Dramatic congestion in the cul-de-sac, already an increased problem with the house being allowed in our neighborhood.

People already speed through the cul-de-sac thinking the street is a ‘through’ street to either get away from traffic on Patterson or they want to come through and park on the street in front of our homes.

The residents on the cul-de-sac would have increased and dangerous difficulty getting in and out of their homes, including backed up traffic into the cul-de-sac.

Dramatic decrease in value to our homes, making it a much less desirable place to live.

There are many other parcels of land which are zoned and within close proximity to services that would be suitable for this project.  I am asking the Grand Junction Planning department and Grand Junction City Council to do the right thing in protecting the value and integrity of our homes, as is stated in their own processes and civic duties. It is in the best interest of all that they turn this project down for this location for the same reasons as they did the eye clinic. This is not the right thing to do here.

Karen M. Troester

Grand Junction