Let’s head south with caution

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 22, 2005

Go south, young man. So says Suffolk City Councilman Curtis Milteer Sr., after getting a glimpse of urban planner Ray Gindroz’s Carolina Road Corridor Land Use Strategy report during Wednesday’s council work session.

Gindroz, who is the mastermind behind the city’s downtown redevelopment initiative as well as various village plans, is recommending the city plan for 3,000 new homes, shops, and a road linking East Washington Street with Carolina, White Marsh and Hosier roads. It also calls for preserving land surrounding the Suffolk Executive Airport.

Gindroz’s proposals would provide much-needed enhancements to parts of southern Suffolk: water and sewer connections, new roads to reduce the traffic clogging the dangerous Carolina Road. But wisely, Gindroz is recommending the city limit future development to just a couple of miles past downtown.

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We applaud that recommendation.

As more and more houses and companies sprout on Suffolk’s horizon, Whaleyville’s fields and forests are refreshing. The community has something that is slowly slipping away from the rest of the city – space.

We understand Milteer’s desire to move development further south to his constituents. That’s fine, but let’s not push too far.