LETHBRIDGE: A group of north-side neighbours is fighting a new development in "Staffordville," near the Holy Spirit administration building. About 30 people signed a petition against the City of Lethbridge's plan to build six semi-detached homes, or 12 new housing units on a strip of green space that backs onto a narrow alley.
"I don't think it's doable at all. I think it's dangerous to use a back alley as a street," said neighbour Bob Mcmann, who presented the petition at city hall Monday. "The more traffic on there, the more dangerous it's going to be - because you're not going to be able to see when you back out."
Mcmann and his neighbours said the duplexes that have already been built in the area blend in well because they're dispersed among the single-family properties. But a large block of duplexes like the proposed development would strain the infrastructure.
Alderman Liz Iwaskiw's line of questioning Monday about congestion at two nearby churches was in line with some of the neighbourhood's concerns about traffic. "St. Patrick's church is now closed, which means St. Basil's is that much busier. If we put 12 units directly across from the school board office, on a narrow north side street, you guys really think you can handle it?" she asked senior planners.
City planner Robert McKay says yes, they think they can - though they acknowledge there will be challenges. Lethbridge city council will vote on the issue in coming weeks.