Tuesday, March 10, 2009 | Grantville needs to be improved. As a homeowner in Allied Gardens I avoid Mission Gorge Road as much as possible. It is a traffic nightmare. I patronize my local businesses as much as possible but I get there by using the residential streets.

I firmly believe in the rights of property owners to develop their property and improve their land. We can’t protest plans without knowing what they are. Redevelopment is a process that allows us, neighbors, businesses, and property owners, to work together.

Let there be no doubt that Grantville will change over the next 10 to 20 years. The benefit of redevelopment, in addition to the tax increment, is that there will be one master plan that addresses the traffic and infrastructure for the entire area.

While we keep hearing the cry to “stop eminent domain,” it’s not being heard from the property owners. At the Charrette, (the only one calling it a Charade is the fellow who spent less than two hours in attendance) several property owners voluntarily gave up part of their property for the greater good of the area.

I respect the small businesses in Grantville. I would like to see them participate in the future of Grantville and find a way to continue to stay active in our community. They can best achieve that by finding the truth, not a distorted version of it.

For those who would truly like to be involved in the future of Grantville and the redevelopment activities, please visit the officical website.

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