Monday, August 6, 2007

BREAKING NEWS!!! Council Rejects Developer

Councilman Lea says of the developer’s plan “it was horrible … just horrible”.

Listen to the WFIR clip and Councilman Lea’s apology to the citizens of Countryside…

From the Roanoke Times:

City rejects Countryside Golf Course plan

The Roanoke Times

Roanoke’s government has rejected a development plan for Countryside Golf Course because the latest version, submitted last week, was “totally unacceptable,” City Manager Darlene Burcham said today.
The city now will discuss what to do with the golf course and will hold a work session for city council members some time soon. One option is continuing to lease the 18-hole course to the current operator.

[Let us hope for an OPEN dialogue concerning the fate of our neighborhood]
The developers had altered plans first made public in April by reducing the amount of housing, adding more athletic fields and a adding a big-box commercial development to the project. Neighbors of the course had criticized the plans in May and the city asked the developers for revisions.

The six council members present this morning all spoke during the meeting and agreed with the city administration’s recommendation to have nothing further to do with this development team.

This was the second attempt to find a private-sector partner to develop the 140 acres in Northwest Roanoke, which the city bought for $4.1 million in 2005 with a goal of adding more housing and commercial development. The project was being planned by Triangle Development of Richmond, the Victor Foti Co. and Allegheny Construction of the Roanoke Valley, and Mike Morgan Engineering of Midlothian.

Mr. Townsend has the plans to be picked up. I will have the developer’s plans as soon as I can make arrangements. According to the Council meeting and Ms. Burcham’s comments the Golf Course was eliminated in its entirety and ball fields and the like were in its place … unacceptable use of the RPZ by the FAA. Also, it was stated that there was a “big box” store location in the plan. If at all possible I will post it here if the Roanoke Times is unable to print it. In any case I WILL have it at National Night Out picnic at the pavilion.

PS: There is other highly promising information I will share Tuesday evening.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Community, Uncategorized

Comments (3)


August 6th, 2007 at 2:02 PM    

Now I am not saying I agree or disagree with the idea, but what – after the developers changed the first plan – would have been so bad to make Darlene declare it Totally Unacceptable?

Anyway – check my blog for the rest of this comment. Totally Unacceptable


August 6th, 2007 at 7:09 PM    

I sure hope this means that City Council is beginning to see our unimpeachable logic.

Vicki Petrazio

August 6th, 2007 at 7:18 PM    

Thank you City Council for making a responsible thoughtful decision regarding the future of Countryside neighborhood. Please keep up the good work.

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