ARVADA, Colorado (CBS4) – A new facility promising faster deliveries for Amazon in north Jefferson County is not what parcel neighbors want to see. The fate of a “last mile” delivery station will be decided on Monday.
Arvada residents are now trying to defend the tech giant against setting up a shop.
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“It is literally putting the worst possible use right next to residential and open space,” said Gina Hallisey, a member of ProtectMapleValleyPark.com. “If it happens here, it will set a development precedent; it can happen anywhere. It can be near you. “
The Arvada Planning Commission approved the proposal in April. The city council will vote on the project in what is expected to be a long session on Monday evening. Hallisey and her group have collected more than 9,000 signatures against the facility.
The developer assumes that the property fits the area.
“With the exception of the park, everything surrounds us completely industrial and commercial. So from east, west and south, we’re exactly the same industrial traders, ”said Matt Boone, Development Manager at Scannell Properties, the company developing the attraction.
The motion to the city is to annex and zoning the land that is not currently incorporated into Jefferson County to allow the development of light industry. Local residents say the site will be heavy industrial because of the number of trips semi-trailers will make each day and are having issues with the acres of sidewalk that will form a new parking lot that will be built up to Maple Valley Park.
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“That’s around the clock,” said Hallisey. “They’ll be loading hundreds of vans all night, all day. It will take all day. The traffic, the noise, the light pollution from all the diesel idling. It’s going to be very invasive. “
Scannell created a website and sent mailings across town saying traffic would be less than similar developments. There is also a proposal to add land to the park, which will entail economic investment.
“We are showing that we are trying to do everything in our power to mitigate any kind of impact that people think the adjacent park would suffer,” Boone said.
“These vans leave when people are already at work and people have already left the lane. And then their shifts usually last around 10 hours. All traffic generated by this facility is off-peak. And that’s why we’re making the statement that this project won’t cause any traffic jams. “
Hallisey fears the development will have a devastating impact on the ecosystem of the park through which Ralston Creek flows.
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“I’ve seen what a flood can do in this area. We worry if you take away all of these earth drains and you have all this impermeable surface, even if you have a retention basin, if we have a flood event it won’t be good, it will be bad. It’s a rich riverside habitat, ”Hallisey said. “We will protect our community. There are a lot of people who don’t want that. “