LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ashland fully disregarding issues about Lakeside improvement | Letters to the Editor

In November 2016, the town of Ashland annexed an pretty much 80-acre piece of house about the Columbia Regional Airport interchange at U.S. 63 and Route H.

This piece of assets, alongside the southwest facet of U.S. 63 and Freeway H, is an “Ashland Island,” with no bodily relationship to Ashland. The annexed residence sits in the center of Boone County, near the university’s Middlebush Farm, and throughout the freeway from the 470-acre Cartwright Small business Heart, also annexed by Ashland.

A longtime businessman in Ashland was quoted in the Missourian in 2016 as indicating, “Because the business growth will be away from town, it will not have a detrimental have an impact on on the character of Ashland by itself.”

Quickly forward to early 2021, when the residents of Log Providence Highway and vicinity ended up made knowledgeable of the Lakeside Ashland improvement, an outdoor amusement park proposed by Nic Parks, CEO of The Pinball Business and Parks Amusements.

As predicted, the city of Ashland wholly embraced this chance to generate tax earnings from the a short while ago annexed property exactly where this development is transpiring. Most sadly and disappointing to us was that our community, which is not part of Ashland, was absolutely ignored in this decision by the metropolis, as have been any probable impacts it will have on individuals of us who dwell there and will have to contend with its ramifications.

To estimate the mayor of Ashland, “I’m not likely to attempt to sugarcoat it. It will unquestionably be a change for those who live down that street.”

Given that the announcement in January, the inhabitants have tried to get to out to the mayor and the developer to try to express our fears (i.e., sound, lights, litter, policing, unwelcome targeted traffic in the community, traffic congestion at the roundabouts, reduce in house values, decline of neighborhood character, and many others.).

Our principal issue is in relation to protection and ingress/egress of the residents of this neighborhood. We have despatched letters to the Board of Aldermen, contacted the mayor and attained out to the developer. There have been a couple of conversations, but as a whole our problems have not been resolved.

At the Ashland Board of Aldermen conference very last Tuesday, the mayor said that Log Providence people could not inquire issues since the alderman meeting was not the suitable structure for concerns. We were being advised that our thoughts could be answered one particular-on-1.

At this same assembly, two variance requests by Parks Amusements have been completely passed with minor discussion, with no the developer even becoming existing. There was much more time used speaking about a rogue BBQ grill left at the recycling centre than addressing our fears about this improvement.

On Wednesday, I emailed Mayor Sullivan, requesting a one-on-a single assembly pertaining to some queries I have. As of Friday, my request experienced absent unanswered.

Log Providence Street is the only ingress/egress level for the historic Log Providence Baptist Church and over 65 residences in the location, and we have instructed officials time and time again (from Working day 1) that this system is not secure.

It is not complicated to imagine an unexpected emergency circumstance wherever fireplace safety, ambulance or law enforcement could be delayed or impeded simply because of a traffic congestion bottleneck at the head of Log Providence Street. Furthermore, we are involved that if we have any form of crisis where by we individually will need to get out speedily, we experience the really serious chance of remaining trapped in targeted visitors with no any other solution.

Log Providence Road and the related roundabouts and on/off ramps are woefully inadequate to take care of the sum and movement of site visitors from occasions the developers are anticipating to bring in, in addition to the working day-to-working day site visitors of our community. Essentially, our concerns about ingress/egress are a make any difference of public basic safety, protection and everyday living and demise.

As a result, right up until a time when extraordinary advancements have been made to handle ingress/egress and related considerations, this development really should not be allowed to shift forward any place shut to its proposed scope and scale.

Sarah Pierce wrote this on behalf of the people of Log Providence Street and vicinity.

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