ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - They won in the fight against Wal-Mart and now a group of Westside residents are preparing for a new battle over a hotly-contested piece of property at Coors and Montano.
News 13 has confirmed a developer is trying to build on the land without having to hear from the public.
It’s prime property at the intersection of two very busy roads and the developer's plan is not sitting well with people who live nearby.
“It makes me very angry," said Marian Pendleton who is afraid she will lose her view of the Sandias and the Bosque.
And fears there's nothing she can do or even say about it.
“I’m really upset that they're coming up with this old plan that had been put to rest,” Pendleton said.
Nearby residents had a lot to say when Wal-Mart tried to move onto the property. They had plans for a 100,000 square foot store but people protested, and last year, they won.
Now, city planning documents show a developer, Silver Leaf LLC, wants to start building at the empty lot near Coors and Montano.
There is already a sketch showing the plot of land and what they hope it'll be turned into, but it doesn't line up with Rene Horvath.
“Our concern is that there is no public comment on what they're planning to do now,” Horvath said, who acts as land use director for the Taylor Ranch Neighborhood Association.
Silver Leaf points to an older document, a plan approved by the Environmental Planning Commission in the mid-2000's, saying they don't need the public's input.
The last line in the 2005 decision reads, "Generally, plan approval is terminated 7 years after approval by the EPC."
Horvath says even if that's the case, the clock has run out.
“They need to start the process again so that we can look at what's being proposed and make sure it follows the Coors Corridor Plan and that we have an attractive development there,” Horvath said.
Now, it's up to the city to determine what happens next.
The EPC will meet Nov. 14 to decide if that building plan is still valid.
Those who drive along Coors will notice some bulldozers moving land just south of the area for a separate project.
On Monday, Wal-Mart said they don't have anything planned on the Westside, but are open to building in the future.
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