An Appeal To Our Neighbors

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR of THE MORNING JOURNAL, 5-13-99, By Taylor J. Smith

"We hope that our neighbors on Center Road will look at the facts. Voting against Avon Commons will not stop the construction of a sewer line to the western boundary of the Avon Commons site. First Interstate has paid for the expanded capacity of the pumping station at Avenbury to handle this flow, and the pumping station is now in the ground.

If Avon Commons does not use this sewer line, then the Avon Business Park and the Park Square Shopping Center will use it.

Avon Commons buildings would be screened from view from Detroit Road by a landscaped mound along the Detroit Road frontage. Avon Business Park and the Park Square Shopping Center buildings will front on Detroit Road.

There would be only one access to Avon Commons from Detroit Road near SR-83. Avon Business Park and the Park Square Shopping Center each will have there own entrances on Detroit with no turning lanes or traffic signals.

There will be a CVS pharmacy on the northwest corner of Detroit and Center Roads, and another commercial use will be found for the old Premier bank site on the northeast corner. If C3 zoning for Avon Commons wins on June 1, Center Road, as it opens on to the north side of Detroit, will be widened by First Interstate to create dedicated lanes for both right and left turns.

Detroit Road, west-bound from Center Road to SR-83, will have four lanes: a dedicated left-turn lane, a dedicated right-turn lane on to SR-83, and two through lanes. These improvements are not required with the Avon Business Park and the Park Square Shopping Center.

Avon Commons would have a landscaped buffer of a minimum of 85 feet from the property line. Included in this buffer are an 8-foot high board - on - board fence, existing woods, and additional landscaping.

A grade separation will result in the floor level of the retail buildings being at least 10 feet below the floor level of the homes on Center Road. Most Avon Commons buildings would be set back 145 feet from the property line, with a minimum setback of 115 feet.

Avon Business Park, on the other hand, will have a landscaped buffer of a minimum of 10 feet from the property line. Included in this buffer is an an 8-foot high board - on - board fence. Avon Business Park buildings will be set back a minimum of 15 feet from the property line.

Ridiculous law suits will not stop commercial development of our property. We want to do the right thing. We are asking our neighbors on Center Road to help us."

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