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
Drizzle not a deterrent for golfers today at Countryside Golf Course
The end is nigh to the current management agreement between Roanoke City and Florida based Meadowbrook, Inc. October 31 is the drop-dead date and by coincidence Halloween.
The Countryside Golf Course on life-support since 2005 is coming out of its five-year comma. There will be no more year to year anxiety and emotional roller coaster rides for the neighbors, golfers and staff.
The staff employed by Meadowbrook was upbeat Tuesday afternoon after the Vice President of Operations, Scott Beasley flew in from Florida to meet with the city manager and attorneys this morning. “It’s looking good,” said Beasley though non-committal but smiling.
Manager Bobby Kidder has been living in a motel room for the past six months. He is looking forward to a permanent home so he can move his wife and son from Richmond. It has been a hardship for Kidder driving back and forth to Richmond on his days off to see his family.
The meeting was pleasant according to Beasley and Kidder. A final agreement and contract award will be announced in a few days.
Storage Pod stands ready
However, the storage Pod stands ready just in case. Phone calls and inquiries by alarmed neighborhoods and golfers came in when spotting the storage Pod. The staff was kept busy answering “unanswerable” questions. The Pod was there to prepare for the worst.
With things looking up and plans being made the Pod will be used instead for incidentals that there is no room for now. There are only a few days to go. Golfers one by one asked Tuesday afternoon, “what’s taking them so long.” A question I could answer but would have taken me the rest of the day to explain the complications. I didn’t want to see their eyes glaze over.
At City Manager, Darlene Burcham’s urging Council in 2005 approved purchase of the 140 acre golf course. They expected high-end housing and mixed-use development. Developers didn’t think it was such a good idea and stayed away like the plague.
Tuesday afternoon Beasley was off to catch a flight back to Florida to await word and contract. Stay tuned for a formal announcement in a few days.
OLD VIDEO of one of many clock ticking, knuckle biting, citizen abuse deadlines – waiting for a Queen Darlene decision (In desparation Burcham/Council gave developer Foti Fantasy a year to come up with a development paln. They gave up shortly after August 1, 2007):