Springbank developers trying to satisfy critics
Developers say they've spent 2 years revising plans for Bingham Crossing
The developers behind the controversial Bingham Crossing project in Springbank say they have downsized their plans in order to satisfy local opposition.
The development, to be located near Calaway Park west of Calgary, includes retail and office space as well as seniors complex.
Public opposition has held back the project for years.
Ron Renaud of Rencor Developments says the company has listened to complaints.
"Before it was 309 acre total lands we owned, and land use was for all of it. Now what we have is a totally revised proposal."
Renaud says the project has been reduced to 62 acres and changes have been made to the water and sewer plans as well as replacing traffic lights with traffic circles.
Rocky View County Council has approved the land use designation for the project to go ahead, but Councillor Al Sacuta says approval of the project is ridiculous since most residents still don't want it.
"It's basically saying to the residents we don't care what you think, don't care what you say — we’re going to ram it down the throat anyway."
Rocky View County Reeve Rolly Ashdown says the criticism raised at public meetings will be taken into consideration as the development moves ahead.
"I took 26 pages of notes. We’re going to have a lot of information we can use as master site development comes forward," Ashdown said.
Construction on Bingham Crossing could start this summer if the project passes all the necessary development procedures.