Monday, May 08, 2006

National Guard Changing the Deal

Richmond Hill park is one of my favorite places in the world, and I've been no fan of the proposed development there. It looks like the development is going ahead, but not the way the city had planned:

From City eNews:
A proposed ball field development in Richmond Hill Park will be delayed because of a scheduling conflict with the North Carolina National Guard. Due to the timing of a potential deployment and related training, the National Guard battalion assigned to the grading work for the ball field complex will not have enough time to complete the entire project.

Instead, the battalion will complete grading for the proposed access road, parking area and future restrooms, facilities that are expected to require about eight of the 172 acres in the park. The National Guard will complete the additional grading work for the ball fields at a later date. The original proposal for the park calls for about 25 acres of development including the ball fields."

When a government entity tells you that they'll get back to you "at a later date", there's a good chance you won't hear from them for a long, long time. My bet is that either the city ends up picking up the tab for the remainder of the development, or it sits out there, nothing but an Armory and a parking lot where the turkeys and broad-shouldered hawks used to live because our resources are busy in Iraq.

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