Friday, February 1, 2008

UPDATE: Selling Off A “Slice” of Countryside!!!

UPDATE: Today Brian Townsend, Roanoke City Asst. Manager, assured me that the Enterprise Zone boundary amendment on Agenda Item C-3 does NOT include the 1 acre proposed for sale to Newbern Properties.
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URGENT: All golfers and neighbors take note of the public hearing on February 19th, 7:00 PM, in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 4th floor. Let your voice be heard – STOP the slicing off of this PUBLIC golf course. I hope my suspicion is not founded that the second item “boundary amendments” to Enterprise Zone One A and Zone Two is not part of this. The Enterprise Zone is colored in PINK above. Trane is IN the Enterprise Zone!
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AGENDA ITEMS:
C-2 A communication from the City Manager requesting that Council schedule a public hearing for Tuesday, February 19, 2008, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, to consider the sale of a vacant City-owned tract of land to Newbern Properties, LLC, for the expansion of a heating and air conditioning company.

C-3 A communication from the City Manager requesting that Council schedule a public hearing for Tuesday, February 19, 2008, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, to consider boundary amendments to Enterprise Zone One A and Zone Two.
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How do you like “vacant property” as the description – nothing about it being Countryside Golf Course. Trying to hide it … SECRECY …. SECRECY …. SECRECY. Let’s see if they contact me to let me know.
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AND in C-3 is this a trick to get this SLICE of Countryside into the Enterprise Zone on the same night so they don’t have to go through zoning? They said there would be two hearings.
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I’ll find out tomorrow and post it here as an update. Stay tuned.
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There is no plan to show us what will be there. The zoning as explained to me will allow building right ON the property line. This is very, very bad. We must go to Council Meeting February 19th and let our voices be heard loud and clear.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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February 1st, 2008 at 4:03 AM    


I think the city should assist Jess in Buying the empty eggshell next to Countryside (Johnson& Johnson building currently owned by Delta Dental)… In exchange, Jess gives the City his current property.

His office can be converted into an on-site guest facility for the revamped golf course. The Trane Warehouse can be utilized to upgrade the course maintenance department. The current operation in the barn can be shifted to the warehouse and if the barn is surplus, it can be reconditioned and converted into more guest accommodations.

Jess would have his big building to expand and grow in and the city would be free to develop its course maintenance department, a stepping stone to making Countryside a regional destination. :)

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