Caledonia Residents Upset Over New Housing Project

By: Mark Lindner
By: Mark Lindner

Caledonia's individuality has long been a point of pride for those who call it home. At Friday's meeting residents expressed concern about the potential negative changes that could come with a 900 percent population increase.

They say it's going to change their way of life, add more traffic, a higher crime rate, and further overcrowd an already full school system. But residents say what worries them the most is that Caledonia will become just like every other suburb.

"There's not quality for the people. The people have a land use plan that calls for character and to be distinct from the communities around us. We don't want to have cookie cutters," says Caledonia resident Colleen Blaney.

And according to the people's commission, they won't. The commission has worked with Centex to pick out 45 different home styles to ensure that every house doesn't look like the one next door. They say they focused on designs that encouraged people to get outdoors and meet their neighbors in order to preserve the sense of community that Caledonians take so much pride in.

Another meeting to discuss the development will be held at the firehouse on Tuesday night starting at seven.

Meanwhile, one of the commission members had to leave the meeting early to tend to a three-car accident. It happened at the intersection of Orth and Caledonia Road. No serious injuries were reported.

One woman was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. Police say a car heading east on Orth jumped a stop sign, hit an SUV heading north on Caledonia and another car heading south. Police are still investigating the accident.

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