Westside development plan along Bosque still up in the air

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Thursday, people packed a city hearing to speak out against a housing development along the Bosque.

The westside neighborhood is adamantly opposed to new homes going up near Saint Pius High School, because they’ll block their views and create more traffic.

In total, 44 people showed up for public comment in front of the Environment Planning Commission. 

“We stood with our silence, and our silence spoke volumes to say we’re not going away, we’re gonna stay until the end, if we have to wait five hours or more, we will do that,” said Susan Chaudoir. 

Chaudoir has been spearheading the fight against the plan by Albuquerque developer, Consensus Planning. 

The company wants to build 73 homes on the former property of philanthropist Suzanne Poole, who helped create Popejoy Hall and the Santa Fe Opera.

Her sprawling home still stands on the property, but the developer wants to tear it down to build the new homes. 

Neighbors want Poole’s house saved and used for another purpose. There are also major concerns about the homes butting up to the preserved Oxbow Wetlands. 

“This is not just any other property, it’s not just any place in the city. It’s on the river at the wetland. We want to be smart about our signature spaces, and we really do not want this,”  said Chaudoir.

Thursday, the EPC board ended up putting off a decision on the development plan for a third time. Opponents think this is a sign the EPC still has a lot of concerns.

The board will hold another hearing on the development plan in 60 days. 

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