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Council finally approves zoning on former state land, limiting some access
After some last-minute negotiations, the City Council agreed to rezone a pair of controversial tracts of land for development, but only after a battle among the neighborhood association, the developers and cycling proponents.
Formerly the site for the
The site is split into two distinct tracts, with apartment buildings planned for the tract closest to the intramural fields, and townhomes slated for the property nearest
The developer and the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association had worked out a deal that would prohibit vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian access on part of
The provision was presented as a compromise between
However, earlier in the week, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association pulled out of the agreement, saying it had concerns over parking, traffic, and the effect on Waller Creek. That could leave the development with only a single access point on
But as the item came before Council recently, the neighborhood and the developer appeared to have finally reached a truce.
Cyclists’ interests appear to have been left out of the final agreement, but neighborhood advocates had argued that there was not enough room to add the bike lanes. No specific bicycling group got involved in the argument, although some neighborhood cyclists protested during the process.
Council Member Sheryl Cole asked
“The five-way intersection up the street at Duval is operating at a ‘C’, which is also an acceptable level,” she said “They (the engineers) also concluded that the proposed development at 140 units was not going to have a significant impact on the traffic situation.”
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