EDITOR’S DESK: Was Indian Hills ‘road’ kill?

       Well, here's hoping the Indian Hills Village development gets back on track. It's got to be tough for the Mesa Springs neighborhood residents. On the one hand, success of the 80-lot townhome project would probably speed up completion of the Centennial Boulevard extension they never wanted; but failure (like now) means a semi-neglected, scantily populated subdivision and rampant trespassing onto the boulevard that no one is supposed to use until it's done.
       Excuse me if I ask a question here, but who dreamed up this scheme of waiting for developers to build most of this road? Not only can it be argued that the burden is too much for a developer to handle (case in point, Indian Hills), there's the added angst of would-be buyers unable to use the road he built. At least not for quite a while. With the housing market downturn, we're looking at years now before there could even be a minimal (two lanes part way) connection between Fillmore Street and Fontanero/I-25. In the past, the city had higher transportation priorities - that's why the extension only graded out on the "C" list for the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) five or so years ago (current translation: no RTA funding until about 2021).
       It could be argued that times have changed, that without the extension development pressures on Fillmore will turn that corridor into a zoo. But at the same time, public funds are scarce. What if the barricades have to stay up for 13 years!...
       Not wanting to end on a down note, I'd like to reveal part of my "names that fit" list. I've been developing it for awhile. It's self-explanatory. You'll see why...
       J.R. Bolte, local mechanic... Sonia Park, City Parks secretary... Holly Brilliant, District 11 Title 1 facilitator... Susie Shakespeare, Holmes teacher... Stay tuned for more!

- K.J.