Pass to City Council
As our city grows, I believe (if it isn't already part of the requirements of new development), that new commercial construction must include at least 10% green-space. This is to prevent our city from becoming all brick, glass, concrete, parking garages, parking lots etc. It can be accomplished in the form of landscaping, wide areas of grass and trees. It cannot include INDOOR green-space. I'd also add that a good portion of that green space should be flowering plants. Not the non-flowering (low insect) crops you see popping up everywhere.
Or offer a tax incentive (break) to those developers that include at least 10% green-space in their construction.
The NW corner of rte 11 and Stine Spring/Erikson is undeveloped and an eyesore. We need a suite hotel in town, and a real diner (Friendly's), and a gas station there as well would create a solid anchor.
I don't care that it's a Wal-Mart Fresh Market. It's another Wal-Mart, and that is the last thing Harrisonburg needs. Is there any way we could entice a Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Wegman's, anything else here? I'd rather see the space used as an indoor farmers market. Anything but another Wal-Mart.
I'm all for variety but of late the new 'food' options going up in the budding areas of our city are just plain ridiculous. Bojangles? Popeyes? I might understand the logic if I was aware of a majority of people that voted to bring these business in (if this place exists, to cast a vote, please make me aware). If we are to 'vote with our wallet' that just leaves empty buildings and wasted money.
So can we? Do we have any say in whether another fast food joint can spring up. Really, there are PLENTY already.
While it may take many months till the road widening project is completed on Reservoir St., it would benefit students and neighbors who turn right at the corner of Chestnut Ridge and Reservoir St. if a temporary left (or right) turning lane were constructed (a bit of a widening for the car to pass the left turning care on the right). Since the majority of drivers turn right at the Chestnut intersection, a left turning vehicle causes a significant back up due to the heavy traffic going south on Reservoir St.