MINNEAPOLIS (UKTN) – A community of Twin Cities is fighting against new development projects in their city.
This takes place on land along Spring Road in Eden Prairie. A petition claims the project will remove more than 450 trees to make space to build 50 new homes.
READ MORE: Families taking a last skate around the Roller Garden in Parc Saint-Louis
There were more than 70 registered to speak on Tuesday night, most of them opposed to a subdivision that would be called Noble Hill. Essentially, the city should change the zoning of the area from rural to residential. But the fresh water nearby is a major reason why these neighbors want to know more before anything is built in this area.
On stilts, on foot, some with papier-mâché bumblebees, a group went to the Eden Prairie city council meeting on Tuesday to call for the protection of the Fredrick-Miller source.
Jesse Mercado lives near Riley Creek and the natural spring.
“There are people who have been coming here for 50 years to get water,” Mercado said.
When the UKTN shut down on Tuesday, people were seen filling jug after jug of spring.
“There is another gentleman who has come all the way from Wisconsin to pick up water for his sick father, and he claims that is what keeps him healthy,” Mercado said.
READ MORE: What if your allergy medicine doesn’t start? How can I find faster relief?
Chesney Engquist is a concerned spring user.
“We are all truly connected through this water, and we all share a concern for protecting the adjoining habitat,” Engquist said.
The group and the thousands of people who have signed a petition want an independent review of the environmental impact of a townhouse development project that could trace its back to the source.
“I’ve heard people, you know, really say that they don’t feel heard, and that concerns me because we all have a right to safe water,” Engquist said.
Developer Pulte Homes had a representative at Tuesday night’s meeting. They said the company has taken steps to protect the environment around this site, saying in part, “We believe our development will work in harmony with the local environment while providing much needed housing.
They hired someone to do an environmental review, but a retired University of Minnesota professor questions those results.
NO MORE NEWS: Grocery store prices up sharply compared to same period last year
The call here is for a third party review to identify any potential environmental impact in this area.