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(Update 06/21/12: The Fort Collins Planning and Zoning board unanimously granted Pateros Creek's variance request for a density of 41 homes. The former trailer park had 49 lots, 44 of which were occupied.)

FORT COLLINS, Colorado -- The planned housing development on the east border of our stable has blossomed into 41 “clustered” homes with a proposed name of “Pateros Creek”.

Half of what was formerly the 17.34-acre Bender Mobile Home Park will be used for the new homes, with the other half used as open space and a buffer from the Poudre River on the property's north border, according to a letter from the city to nearby residents

Most of the Bender Mobile Home Park residents moved out in April, and nearly all of the park's trailers are gone. Sidehill Investment, LLC, owns the 912 Wood St. property, according to Larimer County records.

The development's proposed name, Pateros Creek, was one of the earliest of several names for the Poudre River, according to the Fort Collins History Connection. The website suggests "pateros" may be a mispronunciation of the French word, "piteux", or "piteous", after an early trapper who was found on the river in pitiful condition.

The Pateros Creek development, with a proposed zoning of Urban-Estate, will be the subject of a 5:30 p.m. informational neighborhood meeting June 12 in the Community Room of city offices, 215 North Mason Street, Fort Collins.

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