News City Hearing Examiner Rejects Neighborhood Plea to Save Waldo Woods
posted by September 3 at 17:09 PMon
The City Hearing Examiner has ruled that Prescott Development can continue with plans to demolish the Waldo Hospital in the Maple Leaf neighborhood to make way for 39 townhomes and cottages.
Maple Leaf residents have been fighting Prescott’s plan since May 2007, when the developer purchased the property from Campfire USA.
The Maple Leaf Community Council (MLCC) appealed Prescott’s permit application with the city over plans to remove a number of trees at the site and concerns that demolition at the site would expose the neighborhood to lead dust.
“In our estimation [the lead dust] will reach the neighboring houses, and it will reach the [adjacent] reservoir and park,” says MLCC president David Miller. “There’s no plan to control the dust [and] there’s no plan to handle the lead in the soil,” he says. “It[’s] like the city is experimenting on our neighborhood,”
Miller says the MLCC will closely examine any further permit applications from Prescott.