Pinehurst improvements moving forward
You might say Pinehurst is taking the first truly concrete steps in a series of planned improvements to make the commercial district more inviting. Work on all the projects was delayed while the village challenged a ruling by the historic preservation commission that the improvements, budgeted at $850,000.00 were ont appropriate for hte historic district, hwich includes the Village Green. One of those improvements, paving a sand parking lot across the street from the Theatre Building, conceivably could still be dropped. Although overhauled by the board of adjustment, the historic preservation commission saw it as out of character iwth the rest of downtown and Assistant Town Manager Jeff Batton was against the idea becuase it would cost too many parking spaces. Nevertheless, this week the village ocuncil instructed Batton to move ahead iwth all the projects, including putting odwn an experimental surface on a small parking lot in Rassie Wicker Park in prepartion for paving over the sand parking lot. The sample stone, according to Village Manager andy Wilkison, will be put down sometime during the next week and a half.