Town Council members Laurin Easthom conceded she was on the end of another losing vote last night. But this time she had company: new colleague Gene Pease joined her on the short end of a 7-2 vote.
The council approved the Bridgepoint project at Homestead Road and Weaver Dairy Road Extension. The project calls for two commercial buildings, including a resturant, and 23 townhomes on 9 acres.The latter could rise to 32 housing units if the developer changes some townhomes to condos.
Easthom, who lives nearby, got into it a bit with developer's rep Jack Smyre when he characterized opponents as a small group from one part of one neighborhood: Northwoods V. Easthom said more residents were concerned and that she shared worries the project will change the nature of Weaver Dairy Road Extension, which she said residents consider a neighborhood street. Smyre said the fears were not based on facts and that Bridgepoint will take cars off Weaver Dairy by gving people less reason to shoot up to Timberlyne and Chapel Hill North.
Pease said he felt uncomfortable putting commercial activity that far down Homestead. Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt also expressed concern about how the commercial buildings would look from the road, though he voted for the rezoning and special use permit.
You can read more about the vote here. One fact that didn't make it into our story last night: all the buildings will face into the interior of the project and rain will be collected in a cistern under the parking lot, Smyre said. The water will then be used for irrigation on the site.