By Patrick A. Corp
On Nov. 1 and 12, the Roanoke Planning and Economic Development departments held public meetings on the rezoning application for the Huff Lane School site. They were really open houses. “Meeting” was the city officials’ terminology. At both of these events, people were shown renditions of the proposed development. Council members in attendance at the first meeting were Court Rosen and Bill Bestpitch. Ray Ferris was at the second meeting.
Unfortunately, the proposal and the manner in which the process has played out is not in the best interest of the neighborhood nor the city.
Corp is a locomotive engineer with Norfolk Southern and a union lobbyist. He lives in Roanoke.