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In conclusion, he reviewed concerns about property
acquisition. He noted that the University has used the power of
imminent domain to prevent development of larger scale housing or
other commercial activities around the campus. The University has
rarely, if ever, used it to take a single family residence, and there
is no intention to adopt a different pattern. He said that the
administration stands ready to talk with individuals about the
university's interest in acquiring their property.
Mr. Ockerman asked for questions from the Board, and Professor
Bratt expressed concern about the proposed extension of the
acquisition area on Columbia. Dr. Clapp said that having access to
the area off Columbia would be a significant advantage for the
University. He indicated that it would be a green, open space.
Mr. Ockerman called for a five-minute recess and said that Mr.
Jack Stephenson, an attorney representing the Aylesford Neighborhood
Association, who had requested to appear before the Board, would be
given 10 minutes following the recess.
Upon return from the recess, Mr. Stephenson expressed
appreciation for the opportunity to make a brief presentation to the
Board. He stated that he is a resident of the Aylesford Neighborhood
as well as the attorney for the Aylesford Neighborhood Association.
He said that the Association is not negative about the entire Plan.
There are some aspects of it that the Association is very excited
about; however, they do have a considerable difference with the Plan
in closing Rose Street and finding an alternate route. They are also
opposed to aspects of the campus extension into the Aylesford area for
purposes of additional housing. He then reviewed their reasons for
opposing the additional housing and asked the Board to consider the
neighborhood, the town and setting of the University, and any plan
that is ultimately adopted through the developing stages that reflects
the interest of the city and the needs of the neighborhood. In
conclusion, he asked (1) that the Board maintain a review authority
over the development of the Plan (2) that any proposed development be
done in conjunction with city planners and in consultation with the
people off campus who are affected by it, and (3) that the Board
exercise restraint in the acquisition of additional real property.
Mr. Ockerman asked for questions from the Board. Questions
were asked regarding planning and zoning regulations and the schedule
to review the Plan.
Dr. Clapp said that he appreciated Mr. Stephenson's comments
and the concerns that he and others in the neighborhood shared with
the administration about the Plan. He noted that all the options for
addressing the Rose Street problem are before the administration as it
attempts to implement the Plan. He said that he accepted the three
points presented by Mr. Stephenson for serious consideration. He
noted that the University is already addressing the first two points.