Back in August I talked about how plans to build 45 low-income housing units adjacent to the overpriced and atrocious looking homes in the Cobblestone Lake development caused a public uproar from the residents of that area. The residents who were bitching honestly believed that because they paid so much for their homes (some homes were at one time listed for ~$1,000,000) that preexisting plans to put in Community Development Agency (CDA) for seniors and low-income working families shouldn’t happen because they believe their shit doesn’t stink.
After raising their questions at various public meetings about the topic, the Apple Valley City Council decided to approve the senior housing and hold off on the low-income housing development until a later date. That later date has come and the Apple Valley City Council has ignored the whining residents and approved all units to be built. While the article doesn’t speak at all to the residents that were at one time quite displeased with the plans, they do quote our fearless leader, Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland, who was paraphrased as saying, “the townhomes will be a welcome addition to housing in Apple Valley.”
Now, I wasn’t there and I don’t know exactly what she said or what she might have meant to say, but from reading the article it would appear that she really believes that people want the CDA townhomes to be built. Based on the original reaction to the plan, I can guarantee you that not everyone believes this to be the great idea that the majority of our City Council does. While I’m all for it, as it was part of the plan long before yuppie wannabes who moved into closely packed homes the size and price of castles started complaining about their children’s safety, I wonder if the majority of those people have changed their minds and have come down off their high horses to face reality.
Are you a Cobblestone Lake resident who was originally against the plan and who now supports it? Perhaps you were for the addition of only the senior housing but not the low-income workers housing? Perhaps you don’t live in the Cobblestone Lake development and really don’t care either way? Please let us know how you feel about this plan and the actions of the Apple Valley City Council in ensuring that the needs and desires of the community are being met; I’d love to hear what you think.