By Barbara Dewberry
Last week in a CandysDirt.com column, Jon Anderson stated in reference to the Jennifer Gates called community meeting on August 7th that I said that, “the neighborhood doesn’t want green space.”
In fact, I said “We don’t want a public park,” and many people heard this. The four acres that are proposed to be developed is too small to dedicate land to a public park and also the City has said they will not maintain it. Thus, to have a park that outsiders will discover and have picnics, kiddie birthdays, and bring dogs and not pick up, will be an invasion into our now quiet neighborhood. It will be very expensive to maintain.
I have always advocated green space around the buildings like that of the Preston Tower and the Athena which allows permeable space, which will be helpful in stopping run-off flooding. PD-15 is experiencing flooding already and this needs to be addressed before anything is built. I, with our neighbors, have demanded a 100-foot setback for any buildings facing South toward NW Hwy. This would allow for more green space, guest parking and save several vintage Live Oak trees. Our small 4 acres to be developed is not large enough to dedicate 1/3 acre to a park. Besides, there is a lovely park at Hillcrest and W. NW Hwy. Also I have always championed green roofs on any buildings that are built in PD- 15. We are demanding for a right in and right out opening to be made in the Pink Wall so that construction vehicles will not be wandering around decimating streets we own and breaking tree limbs.
The proposed park is just another device that the developers use to get additional height and density which the neighborhood is against.