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Neighbors rally against project

About 100 gather to oppose The Avenue

Posted: May 11, 2008 1:15 a.m.
Updated: July 12, 2008 5:04 a.m.
 
Around 100 concerned Newhall residents gathered at a neighborhood meeting to voice their opposition to The Avenue at Santa Clarita, a 37-acre proposed residential and commercial center at the old Smiser Ranch mule farm, near Interstate 5, Wiley Canyon Road and Calgrove Boulevard.

Plans for The Avenue at Santa Clarita were submitted by Monteverde Companies in November. Currently, the project would include 800 residencies, retail space and a 300-room hotel with conference center.

The outdoor meeting at the open lot at Evans Avenue and Wiley Canyon Road in Newhall brought a handful of speakers from citizens groups We the People SCV and recently-formed Calgrove Corridor Coalition, along with TimBen Boydston, a former City Council member to speak against The Avenue at Santa Clarita, while encouraging neighborhoods to attend Tuesday's City Council meeting in masses and share their opposition to the city leaders during the public comment period.

During his speech to the crowd, Boydston called The Avenue at Santa Clarita a "travesty."
"This is not Santa Clarita and not why my family moved here 40 years ago and not why your family might have moved here yesterday," he told the people.

Boydston, and the other speakers, expressed concern about the possible density, traffic, noise and crime from the development.

Julie Krumrine of Calgrove Corridor Coalition said, "We are not anti-development. We are for responsible development."

The meeting focused on inviting the residents around The Avenue at Santa Clarita to attend Tuesday's City Council meeting and share their concerns.

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