Broadway Tables Townhome Project

Residents Cite Traffic Among Other Issues

Posted: April 3, 2014

BROADWAY — After hearing considerable opposition from the public Tuesday night, Town Council tabled a request for a rezoning that would allow 50 townhomes to be built.

Randy Cosner of Cosner Investments LLC requested that 2.6 acres off Linville Avenue and Washington Street be rezoned from single-family residential zoning (R-1) to medium-density (R-3).

Cosner also owns nearly 2 acres of adjacent land zoned R-3. Both properties are included in what he is calling the “Linville Avenue Project.”

Mark Seymour, who lives next to the properties, said the water-and-sewer infrastructure in the area was designed to handle only a few homes.

“The Linville Avenue neighborhood has seven homes,” Seymour said. The homes normally have 16 vehicles, but at full build-out, the townhomes would generate considerably more traffic, he said.

Seymour requested the development be limited to 25 units and prove it is viable before more units are approved.

He also asked that the developer be required to remove rubbish from the property, including refrigerators and air conditioners, and that Cosner be required to increase green space on the property.

In addition, Seymour requested council require the developer to install curbing and sidewalks in the area.

Jeanette May said she lives next to some townhomes in the area that have created more rainwater runoff onto her property, which is downhill from the homes.

May, who said the runoff has damaged her back porch, is concerned that additional townhomes would increase the amount of runoff onto her property.

Betty Lou Olmsted expressed concern about the kind of landscaping Cosner has used on other developments, which she said consisted of “huge rocks.”

The Planning Commission, which held a joint session with council Tuesday, recommended the rezoning application be tabled. Council agreed and requested that Cosner address some of the issues brought forward by the public.

Cosner did not speak at the meeting.

Other Business

In other news, council unanimously approved an application for a special-use permit for an inn at 367 Louisa St. Lisa Schmid-Zweigler and her husband, Jim Zweigler, plan to name the business Boxwood Inn after a boxwood tree in the front yard.

Last month, council approved the addition of inns to R-1 and R-2 zoned areas as a special use, which allowed Schmid-Zweigler to submit an application for a special-use permit.

The town’s finance committee will meet to discuss fiscal 2015 budget issues at 6 p.m. April 10.

Contact Caleb M. Soptelean at 574-6293 or

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