Spinosa says he'll discuss Rouzan concerns with Southdowns neighbors
With developer Tommy Spinosa set to appear before the Metro Council in one week to ask for approval of the final development plan for the next phase of development at Rouzan, Metro Councilor Alison Gary says she will ask for the issue to be deferred for the fourth time if Spinosa doesn't first meet with members of a Blue Ribbon Commission that initially worked with him years ago to address neighborhood concerns about the traditional neighborhood development off Perkins Road.
"I feel like he needs to sit down with them because they are feeling a little bit left out," Gary says, adding that she has received numerous emails and calls from Southdowns residents who are concerned about some aspects of the development. "I like Rouzan and want to see it flourish and do well, but it might help the situation to have the developer sit down with the neighborhood because they want to know what is going on."
Though Spinosa maintains the issue before the Metro Council next week has nothing to do with the Blue Ribbon Commission, he says he'll be happy to sit down with its members in the meantime to avoid another delay.
"Absolutely, I'm willing to sit down and talk with them between today and the 21st to see what their issues are, but it has to be before [next] Wednesday because we just can't afford another deferral," Spinosa says. "I've got contractors, other participant developers, architects and engineers held up by this."
Spinosa is asking the council to overturn a Feb. 13 ruling by the Planning Commission that denied, on a 4-4 vote, approval of the final development plan for Creekside—which would consist of 26 single-family homes on roughly six of the 120 total acres in the mixed-use development.
Earlier this week, 19th Judicial District Court Judge Janice Clark ruled in favor of Spinosa in a servitude dispute at Rouzan concerning two people—Bob Welch and Daniel Hoover—who own land in the center of the development. The decision clears the way for Creekside to move forward, though appeals are still possible and likely.
Spinosa says he suspects the proposed meeting with the Blue Ribbon Commission is an attempt by longstanding opponents of Rouzan to derail the project. He notes the spokesman for the Blue Ribbon Commission at the time he was dealing with them years ago was Alex St. Amant, who now represents Welch and Hoover in their legal battle against him.
The original concept plan for Rouzan was approved in November 2007. Since then, Spinosa has gotten approval on three final development plans for different phases of the project. Three homes are currently under construction in one phase, while the other two phases have not yet broken ground. Creekside is the fourth phase for which Spinosa is seeking approval.
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