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Neighborhood Chair Warren Prost has pointed out an item that appeared in the Tribune earlier this week. An article about a rezoning action at last Monday’s City Council meeting, there was some discussion about a conservation easement for a 2.7 acre forested portion of the site in question. Near the end of the article, this aside was included:
The council voted to approve the plan and the rezoning, from single-family residential to planned office, but the project’s building permits are contingent upon the developer bringing another conservation easement back before the council for approval.
Ann Peters, a member of the neighborhood and the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission, which unanimously approved the project, said the neighborhood should be in charge of the easement and leave the city out of it entirely.
There also is a possibility of the neighborhood purchasing the land for preservation after helping the developer find another location for the project, said Allen Hahn, chairman of the Woodridge Neighborhood Association.
One possibility mentioned by the neighborhood was the site next to the recently approved Landmark Hospital, at Alfred Street and Old 63.
“The key is finding the right property for them, which would possibly allow us to preserve the climax forest entirely,” Hahn said. “I don’t know if it will work, but we can’t dismiss it.”
Gee, you think the city would allow someone to tear down a bunch of trees? Maybe someone should point out the progress being made at the “recently approved Landmark Hospital” site.