Letter to the Editor: Uplands is a downlands

Uplands is a downlands development

Posted 3/4/20

Uplands is a downlands development I am a 50-year resident of our current beautiful, peaceful, clean living and spacious City of Westminster. I am unequivocally opposed to the Uplands development. …

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Letter to the Editor: Uplands is a downlands

Uplands is a downlands development

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Uplands is a downlands development

I am a 50-year resident of our current beautiful, peaceful, clean living and spacious City of Westminster.

I am unequivocally opposed to the Uplands development. First, I cannot fathom 2,300 homes on the parcel of Pillar of Fire property. Undoubtedly, they will be “Crackjack Box” homes, side by side and back to back. Not taking into account apartment dwellings with limited parking, you’ll turn our beautiful farmland into an asphalt jungle where there should be maybe 250 to 400 spacious, clean-living homes for our children to enjoy. This is the suburbs, not Denver or New York City.

The pollution and congestion will create frustration and problems. Also, our property values will decrease.

In my opinion, this is a DOWNLANDS development. The only ones to benefit are the city and all of the big commercial guns the developer called in to speak at the Jan. 14 Westminster Planning Commission meeting.

Please put your resident’s interests first and your financial benefits second - which I know won’t happen: Money talks.

Signed, another frustrated resident who happens to live within three blocks of this Mass Production that would affect our families and all neighbors within close proximity.

Lucy Portugal,

Westminster

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