In 2007, residents of the Woodmen Valley near Peregrine along the southern boundary of the Air Force Academy found themselves battling to preserve their neighborhood on two fronts.
Here’s a look at the valley from www.FlashEarth.com
First, a developer revealed plans to convert the old Woodmen-Roberts Elementary School, since 1990 known as the Woodmen Center, not a strip mall with a liquor store, dry cleaner and coffee shop.
Then another developer asked the city to annex 40 acres of land and eight homes where he planned to build a subdivision with 80 homes.
The project included a 5-acre parcel that for years was the home of retired Congressman Joel Hefley.
Here’s a look at the project:
Neighbors formed the “Woodmen Valley Preservation Association” and opposed both projects. They insisted on so many restrictions on the Woodmen Center property that the developer dropped plans for a strip mall.
Today, a new owner is preparing to move in: Nursing and Therapy Services of Colorado.
The other project, to get Colorado Springs to annex the 40 acres including Hefley’s house and build an 80-home subdivision failed when activists discovered that several of the property owners signed away their right to subdivide years ago when they accepted city water.
Now, the old Hefley spread, with its house and 5.37 acres, is on the market for $725,000. Here’s a look at it: