Sarah Terry, THE MORNING NEWS
of the city's tree and trails task force are hoping to negotiate
to obtain another parcel of land. The 2.5-acre site, within the
bounds of the Town Branch Neighborhood Association in south Fayetteville,
is west of South Duncan Avenue and neighbors Pinnacle Foods and
residential areas. The property appraised for $86,000.
owner James Mathias has asked for $130,000 for the land, but the
price puts the property out of the reach of the task force, which
has $97,568 remaining in its account, because city-based groups
cannot pay more than a property's appraised value.
a meeting Friday, members of the task force decided to seek alternate
routes to obtain the property, including negotiation.
certainly valid reasons for looking at this," said Ward 1 Alderwoman
Brenda Thiel, a member of the task force who represents residents
of the area. "I would certainly recommend us taking one more
stab at it." Ward 3 Alderman Bob Davis said he favored the
project because the land is near other trails planned in the city
and could serve as a link in the Master Trail Plan.
we have the ability to connect trails, it's more enticing because
then the community's able to enjoy that," he said.
six-member task formed in April 2001 seeking to purchase undeveloped
parcels of preserved land for the city as part of a lawsuit settlement
lawsuit was filed in May 2000 after the City Council's approval
of Steele Crossing Shopping Center, which failed to preserve the
15 percent minimum tree canopy required by the city's tree preservation
ordinance. The settlement agreement required the city to set aside
$450,000 in taxpayer money for the acquisition of trail right of
way and conservation easements.
year, the group purchased 21.35 acres between U.S. 71 and Razorback
Road, donated money to the purchase of 67 acres on Mount Sequoyah
and secured acreage along Clabber Creek, which was the group's second
priority for preservation. The land was secured after Mayor Dan
Coody offered the developer tax credits in exchange for donating
the land to the city to be preserved.