Council looks at other options
Wesley Chapel continues to look at options for their future town hall. Following resident feedback and discussion at its Monday, Sept. 12 meeting, council voted unanimously to decline the proposal put forward by Aston Properties – also the developer of The Village Commons.
Aston’s proposal featured a retention pond on village property to handle storm water, as well as an access road from Route 84 that would encroach on the property.
“The village would have lost two acres,” noted council member Kim Ormiston. Furthermore, Ormiston explained the village would be responsible for maintaining any access road leading to the Town Hall.
Blackstone residents came to speak in favor of declining Aston’s proposal – citing concerns about the planned retention pond, which although technically on Village property, is marked on the proposed map outline directly in the neighborhood’s back yard.
“The residents voiced safety concerns about critters, small children and smells [attached to a retention pond]”, Ormiston said. In a compromise, Blackstone residents indicated that in exchange for declining the retention pond proposal, they would be willing to work with the Village to perhaps offer land in order to provide access on the edge of the property.
Additional discovery and research further educated Village Council members, Ormiston explained, showing there are other storm water management options.
“We now realize we don’t need a retention pond,” Ormiston said. “We can move forward to have our architect create a design elevation without one.”
Next steps with public input
The Town Hall Building Committee signed a contract months ago with John Fuller, President of Fuller Architecture, a Greensboro-based medium sized architectural firm specializing in religious, educational, financial and small governmental projects. Discussions with Fuller will be two-fold, according to Ormiston. The council indicated its desire to shrink building plans to accommodate costs of maintaining and building an access road, while ensuring property plans reflect the best use possible – and include a town hall with land set aside for community use.
To ensure the public gets a say about the look and feel of the Town Hall and its surrounding property, a public forum will be held Oct. 20.