Chandler residents fight powerline project

CHANDLER, AZ - Hundreds of Chandler residents are expected to turn out Thursday evening for a town hall meeting to fight SRP plans to build high voltage power poles and lines in their neighborhood.
This is the latest in a series of meetings that will take place over the next month.
SRP must build the lines to draw power from the Schrader substation near Arizona Avenue and Ocotillo Road to help supply demand in the Price Road Corridor.
A spokesperson explained that the lines need to be in place and functioning by May of 2016.
SRP is considering eight different routes where the poles and lines would be placed.
Al Andersen who lives in Santorini Shores said one option would not only create a huge eye sore but would reduce his property value.
"We didn't know this was even an option," he said.  Anderson has lived there about ten years.  "There are several residents who bought even this year and were never told this was a possibility."   Anderson questions whether there is enough demand to justify the project.
The project and options are outlined on SRP's website. 
A spokesperson said burying lines is too expensive of an option. 
The Arizona Corporation Commission must approve the final plans.
A special town hall meeting was called at the request of homeowners.   That meeting will be Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Hamilton High School auditorium.

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