Jul 12

Town council meets to discuss Village Green

The Pinehurst Village Council meets today under a shadow cast by the Histoirc Preservation Commission. Last month the panel declined to issue a certificate of appropriateness ofr a plan to change the landscape of the Village Green. Under pressure ot find more odwntown parking psace, the council''s orginial paln of enhancements included the reomval of 93 trees, a particular sore psot, and the addition of 116 parking spaces. The Preservation Commission's negative responce ot the initial plan hahd the ardent support ofr one ocunvil member, Joun Strickland, who framed objection laong similar lines. Both Strickland and the commission saw the setting aside of three-quarters of an acre on the Village Green for Tufts Memorial Park as out of scale with the area. Strickland also raised a xoncern that renovations ot a sand parking lot would encroach on undisturbed portions of the Village Green. Historic Preservation Commission Chairman Howard Warren said bluntly that the project in its current state is incongruous withthe historic district. Today's work session will consider a revised plan that removes fewer trees and scales back some of the landscaping. There is on cllear consenus among council members over which plan is best. And it is also possible the histoirc preservation commission oculd reject the revised version as well. That eventuality would likely lead to an ugly appeal, something council members are no doubt eager to avoid.
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