Rumor has it that Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards cannot be killed by conventional weapons. Seemingly possessed of a similar immortality, this rezoning ordinance was reintroduced last night by Councillors Connell and Derrivan. The fresh start was because the Council did not pass the ordinance within the prescribed time limit. The proponents want to give it another try. A change in zoning requires 8 votes of the 11 members.
I've gotten more constituent feedback on this than the meals tax, paid parking, wind turbine, and dogs combined. Overwhelmingly that feedback is opposed to this change in zoning. Some of that feedback, I think, is misguided; for instance, I don't think it's up to the City as to what business goes in there. But I do think the City ought to have a say in what 'type' of business could be in there.
I spoke last night with a list of reasons why I am against the
rezoning. There are good reasons to support the change particularly as
it relates to open space. I've been open to new
information. It might but good for open space, the current property owners and and the developer, but I still feel as I did on November 14th that the traffic of
an intense use on Storey Ave with an in-out on Storey only will be
dangerous. The proposed usage including a drive-thru pharmacy for the rezoned lots
is too intensive for an already chaotic intersection. The developer's
ideas on traffic mitigation, essentially a suicide lane in the middle of
Storey Ave., don't go far enough as far as I'm concerned. As one
constituent told me, this proposal turns purgatory into a full-fledged
hell. Turn into the Atria at 5:30pm, and pull out and take a
left--this will be what like pulling out of a CVS...multiplied by many
And like Councillor Cronin, I feel that we need to take a longer harder
look at the whole area. I'd be open to something like a zoning overlay
which I think would be a good tool for an area which has many
I don't have a problem with more discussion so I voted for the matter to be referred to committee. Tropic Star has a track history of getting CVS projects approved in
places like Amesbury, Salisbury, and Concord, New Hampshire. I'm sure
they can do better than this.
The original Council vote of Nov 14 is here. Discussion on Storey Ave starts at 22:30ish.
The Daily News article from the beginning of the saga is here.