BY DORIS B. TRUHLAR
Several residents of Centennial spoke to its city council April 1 about proposed apartment developments on two ends, at the south and north edges, of the Streets at Southglenn Shopping Center, at South University and East Arapahoe Road.
Most of the speakers during the public comment portion of the council meeting, were against any development of multi-family housing. The opposition appeared to be on the basis of anticipated traffic congestion that would be created by the proposed multi-family development. One woman appeared to favor the proposed redevelopment while four opposed it. Comments ranged from concerns over increased traffic congestion to increased crime and more families living in the apartments wivll place a burden on the school system.
The one in favor of the redevelopment said there is misinformation being spread about the redevelopment and cited the website NextDoor as the major culprit. She wanted the City to make sure there is very clear information available to the residents.
The shopping center, which was redeveloped between 2006 and 2009, no longer has a Sears since it closed recently.
Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko emphasized to the audience that there has been no proposal for redevelopment made to the city yet and stated that it might be premature for comments to be made when there is not yet a proposal for development.
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