Grand Prairie Neighbors Pay More For Falling Trees
GRAND PRAIRIE (CBSDFW.COM) – The Lynn Creek Subdivision in south Grand Prairie is nestled up against a wooded landscape that is home to all types of birds and animals; and that’s just the way many residents like it.
“We bought here so we would have the view and be close to nature,” said homeowner, Bill Burch.
Dozens of residents paid an extra $7,000 to $18,000 for their homes, just to have a slice of nature in their backyards. “When I see the eagles, I enjoy watching them nesting,” said neighbor, Kathy Hicks. “There’s a number of hawks and a wonderful variety of birds,” she added.
The homeowners say they were assured that the woods behind them were protected and that no construction would ever disturb the beautiful scenery. However, just before Christmas, their beloved trees started coming down.
The city of Grand Prairie is currently clear cutting a path to extend Lynn Creek Park road. The road will cut through the trees and connect Lake Ridge Parkway with Highway 360. “We’ve never been notified. None of us,” argued Christina Moly, who bought her home seven years ago.
The Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the land, says notices were sent out in August of 2011. But at Tuesday night’s Grand Prairie City Council meeting, a handful of neighbors delivered 27 written statements from residents who swore they were never notified.
The Mayor of Grand Prairie says the road extension has been in the works for years and that the project should come as no surprise. “This has been on the master plan since 2005,” explained Mayor Charles England. “There’s been several hearings that the [Army] Corps has had,” the Mayor added.
With construction well underway, many neighbors now fear there is nothing they can do to save their trees and what’s left of their little slice of nature.