Alternate #3 U-5757 Winston Road--Widen the Road on the Erlanger Side
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Alternate #1 or Alternate #2 for the U-5757 (Widening NC 8 / Winston Rd) DOT project are not acceptable or friendly to our Winston Road East Side Businesses. We request that the Historical Commission reduce the boundaries of the Erlanger Historic District which will allow for an Alternate #3 which is to place ALL of the widening on the Erlanger side! If the City can Urban Develop in the Erlanger Historic District, there should be no reason why the State can't utilize that same property to widen a road to protect our Historic, new and other businesses operating between 9th Street and Biesecker Road (S.R. 1408) located on the East side of the road. The Erlanger West side of the road has vacant land many with "For Sale" signs, dilapidated houses and only 1 viable business which is a Biscuitville.
· § 121-12. North Carolina Historical Commission clearly states “giving due consideration to the competing public interests that may be involved.”
Excerpts: Erlanger Mill Village is a “Diamond in the Rough” – In spite of its negative recent history, EMV is regarded as a positive asset, a historic neighborhood that is a primary focus for the City. The houses along Hwy 52 will likely host retail services, and other types of businesses that are compatible with residential neighborhoods.Preservation of Erlanger retains community character, an important part in economic development and job recruitment. Erlanger can be a distinct entity that is attractive to prospective employers, employees and visitors.
CITY OF LEXINGTON
MINUTES AUGUST 22, 2016
During this same time period, staff was preparing the Winston Road Small Area Plan based on these new principles because Erlanger, Winston Road, and Salem Park were the right use mixture and residential density to easily support the transition to this urban redevelopment pattern.
The Historic Preservation Commission adopted a policy statement to forego the severely dilapidated houses fronting Winston Road for the sake of better/urban commercial development. (End of Minutes Excerpt)
Let it be noted that during the course of the April 26, 2018 Public Meeting, Lexington Mayor Newell Clark was made aware by Pat Ivey of the DOT that the City of Lexington could make a request to the State Historic Preservation Office that enough land be released from the 85 acre Erlanger Historic District to widen the road on the Erlanger side so as to minimize the impact to the businesses on the East side of the Winston Road. That request may or may not be granted but being that the local Historic Preservation Commission has already adopted a policy statement as noted immediately above of their intention to commercial/urban develop the front part of Winston Road, it could receive due consideration by the Preservation Office.
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