Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Countryside neighbors like new plan


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

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Comments (9)

Countryside Neighbor

April 5th, 2011 at 4:55 PM    

Nothing left to be said than what has already been said … how embarassing … no wonder the City has trouble getting Companies to bring jobs to Roanoke!!


April 5th, 2011 at 7:55 PM    

I was never so embarrassed by our city council. They wouldn’t know economic development if it bit them on the nose.


April 6th, 2011 at 9:54 AM    

From Dr. Dave Trinkle:

Haven’t had a chance but I did talk with Tom- the medical school is not involved at all, he has been working with carilion and their geriatric dept and will at some point probably have an agreement with them. I drove by your house yesterday am- took a tour with Chris over there- again reassured me about the beauty of this property and I believe we are doing the right thing and going through the right process- so not sure why suddenly you feel lied to? But anyway that was the only correction I saw


April 6th, 2011 at 9:56 AM    

Correction noted but my response stands as far as being “misinformed.” That was my reply in summary to Dr. Trinkle.

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Bubba Greene

April 13th, 2011 at 8:34 PM    


Come to think of it maybe this would be something Roanoke City should allow on the side of the school bus! How about it Dr Dave?


April 13th, 2011 at 9:26 PM    


What are you talking about?

Bubba Greene

April 14th, 2011 at 8:58 AM    

What I’m talking about was the banner link immediately under the words “Roanoke Free Press” last night that was a link to hook up with cute Russian women. Right now it simply says “Play Now” “Download”.
Say!, are you a cute Russian woman???

I still think you should get this to the school system as they need the revenue.


April 14th, 2011 at 11:20 PM    

Are you still lurking here Bubba waiting for the Russian women?

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