Royall Avenue Tennis Court Project
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As the tennis community in Mount Pleasant is well aware, the tennis courts in the Old Village on Royall Avenue are in catastrophic disrepair. They were constructed roughly five decades ago and have far outlived the twenty year lifetime of a typical hard court.
Three years ago after approaching town council, I began working with Ken Ayoub, the Mount Pleasant Director of Recreation (now retired), to start the process of having these courts replaced.
In October of 2016, we received a grant from the Federal Land & Water Community Fund for $195,250 for the removal and construction of three new courts with substantially reduced light pollution.
In March of 2017, the town approved the remaining funds (approximately $200,000) in their fiscal year 2017/2018 budget. With funds fully approved, demolition and reconstruction appeared imminent.
The problem at hand, and the purpose of this petition is as follows:
Given a new flood overlay for the Old Village, impermeable surfaces for "new construction" cannot exceed 40%. As engineered, the new courts would have impermeable coverage of 52%, which is LESS than current impermeable surface of approximately 60%.
As such, the town is planning to only build TWO courts, instead of three. As anyone knows, these three courts are under tremendous demand and as is, wait times can be substantial. The increased use by the Town's phenomenal coaching staff will only add to the demand and, with only two courts, it will be virtually impossible to gain access without prohibitive wait times.
After consulting with various individuals of the town, the Old Village Historic District Committee, the Board of Zoning Appeals, and others, my understanding is it would be easy for a variance to be granted considering the long standing history of the three courts, using predating zoning, the fact that it's a town facility, etc.
Please support this petition to encourage the Recreation Department Director Steve Gergick to request a variance. Should they be unwilling, hereby request that the Town Recreation Committee, Town Council, Town Administrator Eric DeMoura, and Mayor Haynie, to do whatever it takes to ensure this community asset is in no way diminished.
Please sign to ensure a variance be requested so that we can all continue to enjoy THREE tremendous new tennis courts.
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