Town Branch Neighborhood Association still has the opportunity to
preserve the remnant of wetland prairie between 11th and 12th streets
west of 1121 South Duncan Ave. in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
association must gather support in order to prevent development
from proceeding on the 2.46-acre parcel of wetland prairie already
approved for dredging and filling by the U.S. Corps of Engineers.
ago, Mr. James Mathias received approval from the corps and the
city of Fayetteville's planning division to build three buildings
with 36 apartments and more than 60 parking plans on the 2-acre
western portion of the parcel.
Mathias agreed to sell the land for preservation to protect the
integrity of the neighborhood and to maintain the natural habitat,
asking only to break even on his outlay of money on the project.
Tree and Trail Task Force voted early in 2004 to ask Mayor Dan Coody
to negotiate to purchase the land to be protected from development
and to become a part of the city's trail system.
the city can use no more of its money than the appraised price of
the land, $86,000, to buy the land. The developer, however, has
significantly more invested.
few people in the neighborhood have agreed to contribute to the
fund. However, at least $30,000 more is needed to complete the deal.
And the mayor and city council must be convinced of the need and
appropriateness of the purchase for it to be completed.
environmental significance of the parcel is well documented here on this
Web site and
also contains transcripts of testimony of members of the
neighborhood attesting to the need to protect wetland in the area
and to make certain that new development does not damage the integrity
of the neighborhood or increase flooding or water-quality degradation
along the Town Branch and its tributaries.
bottom line is now the same bottom line that appears in so many
stories in life.
must be raised as soon as possible.