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Colorado Springs council OKs pool and athletic club despite neighbors' protests

July 28, 2016 Updated: July 28, 2016 at 7:01 am
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photo - (Photo courtesy: Pikes Peak Athletics/Facebook)
(Photo courtesy: Pikes Peak Athletics/Facebook) 

An appeal by residents to keep an athletic club and swimming pool out of their neighborhood failed Tuesday, unanimously rejected by the Colorado Springs City Council. Council members approved a rezoning and OK'd the development plan for Pikes Peak Athletics.  

Kirk McCormick, testifying for himself and his neighbors, said the 28,000-square-foot facility would be only 150 feet from their homes, and swim meets would create thunderous noise from bullhorns, whistles and cheering fans.

But the houses are 600 feet away and 150 feet above the proposed site near Chestnut Street and Elkton Drive, noted Hannah Van Nimwegen, a city planner.

Councilman Don Knight, who represents the district, said a concept plan approved in 1998 shows the indoor pool's windows will be on the southern side, away from the neighbors.

"I find the bluff to be a natural break between the two neighbors," Knight said of the residents and the club. "Noise will be a little bit of an issue, but it's not 24/7; it's not going to prevent you from having conversations on your deck. I think there will be a good benefit to that neighborhood."

Council President Merv Bennett, who spent 38 years at the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region as vice president, president and CEO, also assured the residents that the pool will be an asset.

"I built nine pools, five of them competitive pools, all within 200 feet of houses. I've never had a problem," Bennett said.

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