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Hillsborough St. is such a dump, at this point doing anything will be an upgrade. It is tragic to say but it isn't even worth saving Mitch's Tavern. Hit it all with a wrecking ball. (OK, keep Cup A Joe.)
See? I believe in Hope and Change, too.
This is a very sad, sad story. I am sorry for your losses and wish you the peace that only God and time can give you. We never get over the loss of a loved one but, in time, we can remember what they meant to us with less sadness and more joy and gratitude for the time we had together.
This guy is so adept at street theater that he could give Moral Monday protesters a few lessons.
To clarify the reporter's statement that the developers will "help defray" costs of new infrastructure: they are only offering to help pay for additional planning staff etc, and the wording may allow them to do this by hiring their own consultants, rather than full or partial funding of independent personnel. This is already happening with one of their consultants involved in starting a "re-visioning" project for our downtown.
The developers have never offered and are not offering now to pay one dime extra to help pay for the new fire/EMS/Police stations, libraries or the twelve (or more) new schools, nor, more importantly, to help fund the new and larger water plant and sewer plant to serve this new city. Pittsboro's bond rating does not currently allow us to issue bonds to pay for these. The mayor is right to be very concerned about what this approval would mean for our town.
This is also the first I've ever heard of John Sall of SAS being in any way connected to this project, financially or otherwise. I believe this may be incorrect. When Goodnight was interviewed on WUNC radio he sounded annoyed to be asked about Chatham Park, said "I'm just these guys' banker," he didn't say "we."
As for "the new RTP" only 10% of Chatham Park's acreage has "R&D" as a permitted use, the rest is dense residential and commercial/business, and that 10% has so many other permitted uses, and is not guaranteed to be kept open for "clean-tech" recruitment, contrary to the PR/spin. [The R&D percentage available is higher on paper, 12%, but some of it is already leased for a solar panel "farm".]
The only benefits to evolve from this development will fall into the hands of Jim Goodnight and Tim Smith; all other persons be damned! It is no more complicated than that. Jordan Lake was developed as a sports resort, complete with hunting, fishing, boating and recreational rights for everyone. It was not designed to support the water usages of Cary, Apex, Pittsboro and now CHATHAM PARK! This move, however profitable to the developers, will destroy Jordan lake, as it is evident that the water to supply this Park will eventually be drawn from there. Sure, there will be increased tax revenue, but this will be offset by the increased usage of Chatham County resources. Supporters of this plan are quoted as saying “The developers envision it as a sequel to Research Triangle Park.” While this may be there plan, or dream, it is totally flawed; as RTP is only about 70% of what it was in the 80’s and there is no reason to believe companies will skip-over RTP and flock into Chatham County. If they are not flourishing in an established site as is RTP, what possible reason would one have to believe Chatham Park will fare any better. I envision a disaster in the making and support any and all who oppose this development. R.W. Hagler
Jim Goodnight, who claims he is just "these guys' banker" (Preston Development) has not been involved in lobbying town officials, and refused to be drawn into a discussion about it's pros and cons when interviewed on WUNC Radio.
Opponents don't have to "argue" about its location in a vital watershed, those are facts.
A million people depend on water from Jordan Lake and will be paying more for water as the lake continues to degrade, and that water becomes more expensive to treat.
As the parent of three children who attended Chapel Hill High and someone who has followed with considerable sadness the unfortunate results of Ms. Jackson's heavy-handed approach (undoubtedly at the direction of Superintendent Forcella and the School Board) I can only hope that the results of this survey will bring enough pressure on the School Board that they will override Forcella's bureaucratic incompetence and either replace Ms. Jackson or instruct her to radically alter her approach.
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