Recent incidents involving robbery, gun fire, and large parties at Aspen Heights housing complex have encouraged the Columbia police department to step in. Columbia Police Sgt. Joe Bernhard says the beat sergeants and the sector lieutenant are now working with Aspen Heights management to improve safety and security. He says the management has been requesting a courtesy officer, or off duty police officer, on site to look over things.
“I think it’s just small things that need to happen and have to set expectations for the tenants and enforce the rules,” Bernhard says.
Once again, controversy surrounds the development of Aspen Heights. The student living complex is being built at the location of the old Regency Mobile Home Park.
Aspen Heights broke ground earlier this year. But, Osage Group Sierra Club Conservation Chair Ken Midkiff says the company violated a city ordinance. He says after a recent visit to the site, he believes the Aspen Heights developer, Crockett Development, did not preserve 25 percent of native trees.