SPOKANE, Wash. -- The City of Spokane approved development of a 100 unit condo complex on Spokane's South Hill. It is planned to be located on 57th and Hatch. However, a group that takes care of land in the area wants to see it preserved for recreational activities and wildlife.
Previous attempts in the last seven years have failed to prevent a housing development there. But Friends of the Bluff hope that the county officials will buy the land to preserve it.
Chris Collins said he rides his mountain bike on the trails along the bluff of Hatch Road. The area could soon be covered with a condominium.
"It would take a lot of the primary mountain biking trails and running trails, walking your dog trails," Collins said.
22 Acres of land on the bluff sits for sale and ready for what could be known as the Tuscan Ridge Development. It would include condo units in 30 separate buildings, an activity center, and storage units.
A board member of Friends of the Bluff said a development in the area would block the connection of the trail. Friends of the Bluff maintains more than 25 miles of trails in the area as well as cleans up litter.
"Because of the steepness of the land, building alternate trails could be really difficult and very dangerous for bikers," Friends of the Bluff board member Kent Moline said. He added a development will also affect the wildlife in the area. Several attempts to prevent the development have failed since 2006, even through court appeals.
Moline said Friends of the Bluff will ask the parks board to nominate the land for a conservation futures project, which would preserve it. But county commissioners need to purchase it for that purpose.