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City vote paves way for new Solid Waste Dep. facility

Residents in Bridgewood subdivision outraged by decision

West side residents in the Bridgewood subdivision finally found out Thursday whether or not a new solide waste service facility would be built behind their homes.
West side residents in the Bridgewood subdivision finally found out Thursday whether or not a new solide waste service facility would be built behind their homes.

The San Antonio City Council Thursday approved the rezoning of approximately 48 acres of land on the city's west side to industrial use.

The vote paves the way for the construction of a new solid waste service center in the 6000 block of Leslie Road.

The facility will be used to clean and maintain solid waste service vehicles and heavy equipment.

Councilman Ray Lopez, who presides over the area, said the location is the most cost-effective for the city.

"One of the things the city has been doing over the course of the last couple of years is try to figure out where we can put our service centers closer to the area they service, reducing deadhead time, reducing traffic congestion contributions. This is one of those locations," Lopez said.

Residents living in the Bridgewood Subdivision have been fighting the city over the facility's location for the last eight months.

"I don't want it in my back yard. You wouldn't want it in your back yard," said one resident. "Nobody is addressing the property values, and yes, they will go down."

"It's going to impact their way of life. It's going to impact their health and their safety," said another resident.

Homeowners are concerned about flooding, traffic and the potential smell of garbage wafting into their neighborhood.

"Bridgewood (homeowners association) feels that their voice has not been heard or even considered," said Bridgewood Homeowners Association President Joe Sullivan. "Ray Lopez keeps saying that we think this is a dump site. We're quite aware this is not a dump site; we understand what it is."

Despite the vote, homeowners would like to work with the city to design the facility, Sullivan said.

The city hopes to purchase the land in the near future. Construction is expected to start sometime next year.