A busy week with these grandpeeps but I did hear a mention on local news of a resident in an addition called Watersong who was angry about a commercial developer wantin' to build a gas station behind his house, when he had been assured by the addition developer that the corner would not be developed in that manner.
It caught my attention just because I thought the name "Watersong" was kind of pretty, although I could predict that before the addition was put there, any "water" was some kind of swampy wetland. Might have been some bird songs, though.
Anyway, when taking grandpeep Caroline to her ballet lesson last night at a studio on the corner of Union Chapel and Coldwater, this being our first trip, we did not turn when we needed to, so hard to backtrack, and ended up using the entry way of ... Watersong. (Saw no water, heard no song.)
So I directly observed said empty corner and drew my own conclusions about the residents' expectations.
Note to Watersong homeowners: WHAT WERE YOU THINKING THAT YOU BELIEVED THIS CORNER WOULD ONLY "BE DEVELOPED AS PART OF THE OFFICE PARK"!? YOU REALLY THINK THAT NOW THIS CORNER IS "GOING TO STAY THE WAY IT IS"--empty? [as quoted by a resident in the JG this morning]
Because, on the opposite corner is a gas station already. And gas stations self-propagate. If there's an empty corner, a gas station wants to grow there. And there's an office park there already. And a CVS. And there's other retail a spit away. And, for a commercial developer, there's a ton of residents nearby whom might also be referred to as "potential customers" just itching to shop there.
You're in a busy area anyway, Trafficnoise, whoops, I mean, Watersong.
Also, have none of these residents ever heard of mixed-use and the new urbanism? And how the newest residential developments are deliberately making retail a part of their master plan, close enough for people to walk to instead of driving? [Also note, the corner is not that big. I don't think there's room for the "mall" that one resident railed against in the JG article this a.m.]
We went though a similar situation a few years back when the Chestnut Plaza shopping center was planned. Residents pissed off, school concerned about kids crossing the busy road, etc. I hated to think of the formerly quiet corner, where deer once roamed, being commercialized.
Well, I changed my mind. Because we can, and do, especially with the Aboite New Trail, walk over there regularly. We go to Expresso Gallery, we eat at Subway, we go to Walgreen's and Diary Queen. IT'S FUN, WATERSONG.
I see the vote was deferred. Approve it, Plan Commission! And Watersong folks, instead of fighting it, ask for some nicely, maybe even uniquely designed retail, and a nice, wide walkway instead. And use it.