Parkside: City Tells County To Get The Land BackBy
“1. The City Council objects to the sale by Buncombe County of the Subject Property as described above, and further objects to the conveyance by Buncombe County of any property located in the City-County Plaza / Pack Square Area without consultation with the City.
2. The City Council respectfully requests that the Board of Commissioners of Buncombe County undertake to re-acquire the Subject Property or otherwise ensure that it remains part of City-County Plaza and open to and available for the use and enjoyment of the public in perpetuity.”
Brownie Newman made it clear he sees this resolution as a first step for the City.
Carl Mumpower said of the proposed condominium, “We are not stopping the project. Human error and site complexities may stop the project.” He taciturnly faulted both sides of the controversy saying that the parties involved are “artificially vilifying” one another. “This is not a good guy, bad guy thing.”
Gordon Smith, a blogger on The Internet, thought loudly to himself – “Well what should I call it when my County government sells and a private developer keeps a piece of my public park land?”
Barry Summers spoke out regarding the less-publicized elements of the land deal itself. He, like all but two people at the meeting, spoke in favor of the resolution. The video will be available at some point. Here’s a paraphrase of his concluding remarks: “I would urge you to approve this resolution and then to move to the next step, which is stronger action. The developer is going around City Council and insulting the public and the process…As we applaud you for doing this, the developer is prepared to move forward.”
Architect John (Cork?) said that people ought to be able to build when they’ve spent a lot of money to build something.
Coleman associate, Tom Israel, rose to give a full-throated endorsement of Mr. Coleman’s project. After having cut the building height in order to dodge Council review as a Level III building, Israel had the cheek to tell the Council that they were considering a resolution without knowing the details of how the project would benefit the City.
(Note to Dr. Mumpower – That kind of thing is why they end up in the bad guy category. Displaying open contempt for the process and then taunting the Council over it? I’m not sure what else they’d have to do to cross the “bad” line.”)
Several participants urged Council to take up the idea of Conservation Easements for the park or a new zoning designation for public parks. Robin Cape voiced interest in looking at those ideas. Holly Jones underlined her intention to get the entire proceeding as public as possible from here on out.
And Richard (Curber?) pointed the way forward: “This issue is going to be taken up at a meeting with the County on June 24th.”
See you there.