Folks living in the A1 Mobile Village at the base of the Gold Hill Mesa subdivision construction site on Colorado Springs’ west side are upset about dust and mud flowing off the site — a former gold mill covered with 14 million tons of tainted tailings — during wind and rain storms.
Here is a view of the site from www.FlashEarth.com and a map:
The problems started after construction got underway in 2006. Gold Hill Mesa developers brought in tons of dirt to fill deep gullies carved by erosion and to pack on top the mound of tailings. Here is a photo of the gullies.
The 210-acre site is awash in arsenic and lead leftover from the gold and silver milling that went on until 1949. Here is a Gazette artist’s rendering of the tailings:
Folks at Gold Hill Mesa have grand plans for the site. Here is an architect’s drawing of the project, taken from http://goldhillmesa.com web site: