SW Bakersfield neighborhood not thrilled about apartment living

SW Bakersfield neighborhood not thrilled about apartment living
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — River Oaks resident Dan Brito bluntly expressed the sentiments of his neighbors during a recent interview with Eyewitness News.

“We don't care what he does, we don't want apartments there,”Brito said.

Brito was responding to notice from the city planning department that Black Ops Development wanted approval to build 150 multifamily units - apartments or condos - on a 12-acre parcel located at River Run and Elkhorn Creek Lane, near Buena Vista Road and Ming Avenue.

A group of residents launched an anti-rezoning effort, printing yard signs and gathering more than 900 signatures from the community.

Typically, land designated "LR" for low-density residential has four residences per acre. On a 12-acre parcel, like this one in question, a developer could build a total of 48 residences.

Black Ops submitted plans to build 150 residences on that same 12-acre parcel, effectively tripling the amount of people in the same space.

Martin Ortiz with the city planning department said residents do have a say in the process. There are public notices and public hearings, he said.

Eyewitness News attempts to reach developer Matt Wade of Black Ops were unsuccessful. Roger McIntosh, the engineer on the project, said they are now working with neighbors on plans for the site.