CORRECTION: (see comment) Monday afternoon’s council meeting and new developments on Countryside met resistance. Promises broken by city staff.
Accidentally I found out that a plan hidden from the neighborhood was tucked away in the Planning Department. Countless times I asked, other neighbors asked and Planning Commission members asked “has anyone shown any interest” in the Countryside golf course property.
The neighbors and commission were all searching for ideas. Planning staff emphatically said “no one” had contacted them – an untruth by any measure.
Well the cat is out of the bag, gene is out of the bottle and sunlight has shown not much has changed with the new administration. Keep them in the dark and shove the Master Plan through and they will be happy little minions.
The way they treated the CEO of Kissito Healthcare was unconscionable. They took their dislike of Mayor Bowers out on this well intentioned gentlemen. It was an embarrassment for the city of Roanoke.
If they had issues with the Mayor they should have aired it out of public view. Of course, it would be different if it was some other council members idea like Court Rosen who had his development friends draw up a plan for Huff Lane School.
Kissito is an elder care facility with locations in Virginia, Texas and Arizona. Their international facilities are in places like Uganda. They offer what is missing for those of us who can’t take care of ourselves as we age. In home care, temporary rehabilitation after a hospital stay and day care for the elderly.
They offer 0ver 200 new jobs to the region an I suspect the amount of land their plan requires would pay off the current balance of the debt originally $4 million.
There was such hub-bub over the $400,000 yearly payment when Countryside was a golf course. Now not only are they still making payments for the next 10 years they have to mow it too.
Storm water management and schools were more important than a golf course with that kind of debt. Hello! It is still there and no one cares now that the golf course is closed.
In addition there was an OPEN HOUSE for developers and Realtors a month ago and NOBODY CAME! We waited and waited so anxious to hear what they thought and NOBODY CAME!
Well we like this plan and no other will do.
Councilman Dave Trinkle knew about this. He and Dr. Aubrey Knight have met with Kissito and are forming a
Medical School geriatric department alliance. Kissito has or will have a one year contract to provide medical services to Roanoke’s facilities at a cut-rate fee.
Oh, the plot thickens. The bottom line for the neighborhood is we were lied to and we like this plan.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Community, Politics, Roanoke City Politics
Tags: city_council, Countryside, kissito, neighborhood