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Reader urges council to reject Parker's zoning
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Editor:

If you have read the front page of the Wednesday, August 7, 2013, Statesboro Herald, you are familiar with the Statesboro City Council's decision to postpone their vote until the August 20th meeting. It is my understanding a resolution will be read at this time stating their decision and each councilman will have the opportunity to vote no or yes on the resolution.

A service station at this location would create additional Fair Road traffic problems. Someone trying to make a left turn out of this location would have to cross two traffic lanes and a turn lane and would probably end up in the crossing lane of traffic since the Herty Drive/Fair Road intersection is not a perpendicular intersection. The other alternative would be to turn right, drive a short distance north on Fair Road and then make a U-turn to head south. Attempting to get onto Fair Road from Arby's, Harvey's, Dunkin Donuts, Popeye's and all the other commercial driveways should enlighten anyone not already convinced a convenience store on this property would be a traffic hazard. If the city and the Georgia Department of Transportation don't think this will create a problemc I do believe someone has their head in the sand.

I would also like to thank Mr. Greg Parker, president and CEO of Parker's, for clarifying who represents whom in the Sunday, August 11, 2013, edition of the Statesboro Herald. The fact that the attorney represents three property owners is important information.

Mr. Parker should realize that the three property owners are absentee landlords. One owner is a corporation. The other two do not even live in the Pittman Park neighborhood. They do not think like long-term investors in homes, but as speculators who hope to reap financial gain from a transaction.

Mr. Parker also states he wants to be a good neighbor to the community. No one can disagree that seeking a "win-win" situation is ideal. But I hope Mr. Parker takes a moment to consider that in the eyes of resident property owners, he is a developer who may succeed in destroying one of Statesboro's oldest neighborhoods. Let us hope Mr. Parker does not wish to be the one who begins the commercialization of Statesboro's last green entry corridor. Do we want Fair Road to look like Highway 301 and Highway 80?

Members of the Statesboro City Council have a clear choice: May they not permit the radical zoning change sought by these non-resident property owners who wish to sell their lots to Mr. Parker.

Ray Fry
Statesboro

 

 

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