Lyons rejects using park to build housing for flood victims

March 25, 2015
Photo: Before/after floods 9a(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
The South Saint Vrain Creek washed away a road leading up to the 2nd Ave bridge in in Lyons, Colo., Friday Sept. 13, 2013.

The Daily Camera newspaper reports that residents voted 614-498 against the measure in a special week-long election that ended Tuesday evening.

The proposal would have allowed Lyons to lease between five and seven acres of the nearly 26-acre park to the Boulder County Housing Authority for a 66-unit housing complex.

About 200 houses in the town were badly damaged or destroyed in the September 2013 floods, about one-fifth of its housing stock.

Opponents argued that using a portion of the park to build rental units and private homes would have a big impact on the rest of the property.