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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, May 05, 2016, Page A8, Image 8

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City Council denies senior housing after neighbors object BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE The City Council rejected a rezoning request, 5-2, for a senior housing project on Reynolds Road during its Monday, May 2 meeting. The request was one of many items considered in the meeting, but was the only one with opposition as residents from Town and Country Estates objected to rezoning a property at Eriarcliffe and Reynolds roads for the project. The corner acts as an entrance to the community. Rezoning would've allowed for the con struction of a 54-unit two-story independ ent living senior apartment building for individuals 55 and over. The property is in the Northwest Ward, which City Council Member Jeff Macintosh represents. He said though the property is ideal for multi-family units like the one proposed, he couldn't support it. "Because of the fairly strong pushback from the neighbors, I have to vote 'no' on this," said Macintosh. Resident August Pike outlined the objections to the project, which included its height and high elevation on a hill, which he said made it an unattractive sight for Town and Country residents. He also expressed concerns about its dumpster being an eyesore, ?tormwater drainage from the property and increased traffic at an already busy intersec tion. When he asked opponents of the proj Macintosh ect to stand up, at least 15 attendees did so. The developer. Bill Scantling of Lewisville, said he could change the site plan for the dumpster and agreed to add a requirement that the property be used for senior living, which wasn't mandatory in the original zoning request. However, Scantling said the project wouldn't be eco nomically viable if it had less apartments and the site left few options to lower it or move it back to make the two-story apart ments less visible. Normally a zoning conflict would be continued to the next City Council meeting to let the developer and residents work out their issues, but Scantling was under a deadline to acquire the property and have it properly zoned by May 13 to get federal funds for the project, which meant the next council meeting would be too late. City Council members D.p. Adams and Derwin Montgomery voted to allow. the rezoning. Adams said affordable hous ing for seniors was needed. Montgomery thought that the issues could be worked out if the zoning was allowed. He was con cerned that, if denied, the developer wouldn't be able to return to council with the proj<ect for two years, or return with a different project for the property for one year. The rest, with the exception of Robert Clark who was absent, voted against the zoning request. During the meeting the council also approved rezoning for the Quarry Park project in the Southeast Ward. The $5 million park is on the site of the former Vulcan Quarry and is part of the bond approved by voters in 2014. City Council also honored Officer Travis McFadden with a City Star com mendation. In October of last year, he was on his way to his job as a school resource officer at Kinsgwood School when he wit nessed a crash between RJ Reynolds High School and Wiley Middle School. The car had collided with the steel roof that cov ered a walkway and was wedged between the walls of the tunnel, suspended above the path. The driver escaped but a two year-old child was still in the car, which threatened to fall into the tunnel. McFadden climbed into the vehicle and rescued the child. "I believe I was in the right place at the right time," said McFadden. "I believe that any officer at the time would've done the same thing." Winston-Salem Symphony presents free concert for community SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE The Winston-Salem Symphony and Youth Symphony will present a Concert for Community on May 7 at 3 pjn. The free concert is open to the pub lic and will take place at Wait Chapel on the Wake Forest University campus. Although the concert is free, please visit the Symphony website at to reserve your ticket. "This is one of my very favorite concerts of the year," said Maestro Robert Moody, Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony, "It is our annu al gift to the community and is free for everyone. It is a unique opportunity to hear remarkable music, beautifully performed by professional musicians and tomorrow's stars. I love the fact that it highlights the enormous talent here in our ? community, both estab lished and emerging." Maestro Moody, Music Director of the Winston Salem Symphony, and Stephen Mulligan, Assistant Conductor, will both conduct portions of the Concert for Community. The program features the combined pro fessional and youth sym phonies, totaling approxi mately 120 musicians, per forming multiple pieces. The Winston-Salem Symphony will open the concert with the world pre miere of Elysia, composed by Alexander Umfleet, the winner of the 2016 Winston-Salem Symphony and University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Composition Competition. The 2016 Peter Perret Youth Talent Search winners will then perform with the Winston Salem Symphony. Caroline Smoak, the winner of the junior division (ages 8 to 12) will perform the Finale from Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 26. Nathalie Schmalhofer, a German-Canadian violinist who is a high school senior at UNCSA and is the win ner of the senior division (ages 13 through senior year of high school), will perform the opening move ment of Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, Op. 64. For the second half of the concert, the Winston Salem Symphony and the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Symphony will combine to play Grand Canyon Suite, by Ferde GrofS. This majestic work consists of five movements celebrating different aspects of one. of our nation's mpst magnificent natural wonders. For more information, visit www. Bond from page A4 always a plus to sit down and talk to people who ask for information and do their homework. Later this month the board is expected to take the final bond proposal to the county commissioners who have the final say on the cost of the final bond package. If approved, the bond will be included on the November bal lot. County Commissioner Everette Witherspoon said while the board of education is requesting $350 million, there is no guarantee that they will tie granted that amount. Witherspoon also mentioned that the board of commis sioners looks a lot different from the last time the school board presented a bond proposal. 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