Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Oct. 27 is first public meeting on downtown’s future.
Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke’s Department of Planning, Building, and Development is currently in the process of updating the Downtown Plan. Public meetings to gather input will be held on Oct. 27 and Nov. 28 at the City Market Building beginning at 6 p.m.
The department is looking for input and ideas from citizens to help update the vision for the downtown area for the next 20 years. The plan will seek to address the rise of downtown living and the importance of public spaces and amenities. It will also focus on successful small businesses, major employers, and other initiatives that help establish downtown Roanoke as a reg
Monday, February 25, 2013
Court Rosen points to the location of improvements to Huff Lane park in March 2011.
The vote is in and there goes the neighborhood said Amy Cosner resident and secretary of the Dorchester Court Neighborhood Watch Association in her op-ed. The Dorchester and Grandview Court neighbors feel betrayed and deceived. They were sold a bill of goods in March of 2011 when three council members visited the Dorchester Court neighborhood meeting.
Council members Anita Price, Bill Bestpitch and pitchman Court Rosen presented an early rendering of two hotels that would be a couple of stories high and surrounded by extensive green space. The highlight of the Rosen’s presentation was the improvements that would take place at the relocated park.
In an email to the President of Dorchester Court, Pat Corp, it became apparent that other than locating the existing playground equipment to the other end of the park there is no money for improvements anytime soon.
Corp asked Parks and Recreation where the plan for the proposed improvements to the park stood. Promised by Rosen was a pavilion with bathrooms, relocation of the basketball courts and a tennis court.
Michael Clark, Parks and Recreation Manager wrote that improvements to Huff Lane Park are listed in the overall park system needs in the City’s CIP and they will be addressed as funding is available. “In the current fiscal year, monies have been set aside to relocate the playground to the other side of the park. Once/if the development deal is finalized, we will proceed with relocating the playground.”
Use part of the proceeds from the sale of Huff Lane Elementary school to fund the improvements now. The neighborhood at least deserves some of what was sold to them in 2011. (March 2011 photos below – Click to enlarge.) Op-ed: The Emperor Has No Clothes
Rosen pushes park improvements.
Rosen points to small parking lot.
Ray McKee looks at improvement plans.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Commentary, Community
Tags: Court Rosen, neighborhood, parks