Concerned Residents Share Ideas, Concerns About Residential Development Plan

By: Brad Broders
By: Brad Broders

This neighborhood blueprint is forcing these Caledonia residents into a world of concern.

"I understand that development's here, but it's kind of ludicrous to think 1000 people would be able to be handled," Mary Walraven said.

The tiny community would have a much different look with the proposed Caledonia Crossings, initially slated as a 370-home mixed residential development. Some residents are angry that in recent days, the village president spoke with developers about tacking on an additional 280 homes without making it public to the village board first.

"You gotta listen to us, the board members, listen to us, and stop lying to us," Tom Peacock said.

These citizens promise to make their voices heard at future village board meetings, arming themselves with information - and a purpose.

"In my opinion, it's devastating. We can't keep up with all the infrastructure, the schools, the road, all the congestion," Walraven said.

Residents concerned and angry about the changing face of their village, and how some village leaders are conducting business, outside of the board room.

23 News was unable to reach Caledonia’s village president for a comment. Developers estimate that Caledonia Crossings would infuse about $2 million in property tax revenues into Boone County school districts. A Caledonia village trustee says the board is scheduled to make a voting decision on the project sometime in February.


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