Developer's controversial housing project gets a redesign

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Concerned residents in the River Oaks subdivision spoke up this past February to oppose a 150-unit apartment complex proposed at River Run and Elkhorn Creek Lane.

The developer, Black Ops, made concessions and proposed single-family houses along the street, with apartment on the interior. That plan was also rejected by neighbors.

Eyewitness News has learned the latest plan has major changes, including the developer's name.

A visit to the building site Wednesday reveled the developer is now going by Kern Land Partners LLC.

The group submitted plans for 53 single-family homes, each sitting on a 6,000-square-foot lot.

"It will match the neighborhood, and the streets will lineup," said Martin Ortiz, Bakersfield city planner

Ortiz said the back-and-forth between with developer is the process working the way it is supposed to.

"This has worked for this neighborhood. I believe it's always out there as far as public participation," Ortiz said

The plan is expected to be finalized at Thursday night's planning commission meeting.