Residents are expressing a justified anger over paying for what is the wrong development in the wrong location at the wrong time.
Horse Track Meadows is intended to be a secluded, high-end subdivision of private homes. This is logical and appropriate in this secluded location. If the current high-density proposal was appropriate for La Crescent, it would be profitable and agreeable to the citizens of La Crescent. It would not require the stretching of a dollar through minimal design considerations, additional fees, assessments and eventual surcharges.
We are all aware that trying to put a high-density subdivision on the edge of town is inappropriate. High-density populations need to be close to the heart of the city, within walking distance to stores and highway access. This helps La Crescent businesses thrive. Appropriate urban renewal is occurring in other progressive cities, so what is wrong in La Crescent?
Justifying the wrong type of project in the wrong location, subsidizing a private developer with public dollars all to increase the city’s tax base is doomed for failure. It is a Pandora’s Box that will release a plague of unanticipated problems and additional expenses upon the residents of La Crescent.
Paul Koski, La Crescent