COLLEGE STATION -- After months of heated arguments about whether or not a College Station hike and bike trail would go through the Springbrook community, the city council has voted to reroute the trail along the streets.
It's a decision Steven O'Neal says he's happy with.
"We believe it's the right thing to do."
O'Neal is one of about 20 homeowners in the Springbrook subdivision who have been fighting to save the land in their back yard from being turned into a four mile hike and bike trail.
"There are concerns on both sides," said O'Neal. "There are people that want the trail and people that don't and there are various issues such as flooding, maintenance and privacy."
After several months of debate and a lawsuit against the homeowners association that was later dismissed, a mutual agreement could still not be reached within the neighborhood.
So the city has decided to reroute the Lick Creek Trail onto Eagle Avenue, Longmire Drive and Barron Road.
"Part of what we'll do with this project is go ahead and stripe the bike lanes and the existing sidewalk that's four feet by five will be replaced with wider sidewalks," said city of College Station public works director, Chuck Gilman.
And one thing the homeowners and the HOA can agree on...
"Now it's time to move forward and we can start the healing," said HOA president, Gary Ives.
O'Neal added, "We've got to mend that and find ways to look forward to have something that we both like."
Construction is expected to start next year but in the meantime city council wants to continue discussions about a green trail through the neighborhood as originally planned.