Neighbors team to fight off Black Ops Development condo project

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) A plot of land in southwest Bakersfield is a hot topic for residents.

Wearing matching yellow T-shirts, dozens of residents from the River Oaks neighborhood gathered Thursday night to voice their opposition to plans by Black Ops real estate. Black Ops plans to build a 100-unit condominium complex at the corner of River Run Boulevard and Elkhorn Creek Lane.

"What we have is awesome. We love our neighborhood," said River Oaks resident, Matt Dills. "The proposed development, it's totally inconsistent and incompatible with what we have."

Residents are frustrated that Black Ops wants approval to rezone a 12-acre area of land from low density to medium-low density, in order to build multi-family residences.

The board originally recommended to approve the land be built on by Black Ops. After hours of listening to resident's pleas though, the Bakersfield Planning Commission voted in favor of the community to not approve the project.

"I've done this for over 34 years, and I'll have to admit this is one of the closest-knit group of neighbors, in terms of banding together to voice their concerns about a planning project," community development director for Bakersfield, Douglas McIsaac, said.

Black Ops declined comment following the vote. The company has 10 days to appeal Thursday night's decision to the City Council.