Proposed Glenwood complex spurs traffic questions Engineer says new road for condos will be safe

January 30, 1998|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Residents concerned about a proposed senior citizen complex in Glenwood questioned the developer's traffic engineer about possible dangers posed by the project's intersection with Route 97 during a public hearing last night.

But traffic engineer Mickey Cornelius, vice president of The Traffic Group, said the intersection of a new road connecting the 116-unit condominium development and Route 97 will be safe and well within state and county guidelines.

Developer Donald Reuwer is seeking a special exception to build the complex on 58 acres near Cattail Creek Country Club.

The proposed development, which would be for residents older than 60, or those married to someone over 60 ,has come under fire from residents worried that it will hurt ground water supplies, the environment and make traffic more dangerous on busy Route 97.

"There have been at least two fatalities near there," said Anne Brown, 51, who lives on Countryside Drive. "I'm always hearing sirens out there."

State Highway Administration statistics show traffic on Route 97, south of Interstate 70, has increased by about a third since 1987, from 7,775 cars a day to 10,450 in 1995.

Led by slow-growth activist Susan Gray of Highland, residents questioned Cornelius about traffic count figures and how many trips residents of the proposed condominium would make each day.

They say the "active" elderly residents are likely to make more trips than those predicted by traffic engineers using national and local data.

Cornelius said the complex would generate about 21 morning trips and 26 evening trips, as opposed to 34 morning trips and 43 evening trips generated if 29 single-family homes were placed on the 58-acre site.

"Most people under 60 work, most of those over 60 don't," Cornelius said. "This is basically a fact based on lifestyles."

But residents are also worried about what happens during bad weather. A major part of the proposal hinges on elderly residents using golf carts to travel to the club where they will be members and use dining facilities.

During inclement weather, residents charge, elderly drivers will pile into their cars and use Route 97 for the 3,000-foot drive to the club's entrance.

"Yes, if it's cold and rainy, they will most likely drive," Cornelius said.

Pub Date: 1/30/98

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