|This 1890s-era house in Ravenwood Park|
was demolished in December
“My neighborhood wants to keep the zoning as is,” Turner says. While she prefers having a park on that land, she and her neighbors recognize that it unlikely and development is inevitable. “We believe single-family homes would maintain property values and that townhouses, which are totally inconsistent with our neighborhood, would lower our property values,” she says.
|One of many large|
trees cut down
Turner also bemoans the fact that just about all the trees on the property were cut down, including some 300-year old oaks, destroying a habitat for foxes, deer, and other wildlife and creating storm runoff and drainage problems that have caused basement flooding in nearby homes.
A meeting is planned Feb. 17 at JEB Stuart High School for residents of nearby communities: Ravenwood Park, Vinewood townhouses, and Lafayette Park Condominium. Residents will have an opportunity to take a survey on their preferences and sign a petition if they oppose the townhouse development.