All posts tagged: save black meadow ridge

Opinion: West Point is for all of Durham

When I think back on my experiences of West Point, it has always felt country, a drive away from the city center, and a place that I don’t really get to most of the time, busy with life and work. In the ‘90s, when I was growing up, it was the place of crowded, sweaty Eno River Festival. In the Aughts, when I was a reporter at The Herald-Sun, it was still a place for the annual crowded, sweaty, fun, Eno River Festival. Crafts, food, the mill, stalls of people selling things. It was so Durham. But in the past year when I’ve gone to West Point to write about the development slated for Black Meadow Ridge, something has changed. North Durham feels smaller, meaner – and during the summer, even rotten. It should feel like a trip to go from the Super Target and Sam’s Club area, where The Herald-Sun’s office used to be. But nowadays, it does not. There is something that has changed in Durham that made going to West Point in …

Neighbors to city council: “Urgent need to correct the zoning”

– Neighbors point out the developer’s proposal is based on the wrong plan from decades ago, highlight the increased flooding on the Eno River. 
– Developer and partners: Environmental impacts have “no relation to the issues presented” and invoke memories of Margaret Nygard.
– Black Meadow Ridge, West Point and water quality.

“I am here to impress upon you the urgent need to correct the zoning of Black Meadow Ridge,” said Arienne Cheek…

The fight for the West Point on the Eno

Every year, thousands of Durham residents flock to the West Point on the Eno Park for the annual Eno River festival, to look at crafts, eat food, listen to music, and even take a dip in the river itself. But with a dense residential development planned for nearby, some neighbors are sounding the alarm that the project could ruin the park, and damage the health of the Eno River. Sun Forest Systems, a Chapel Hill-based custom design and building company, wants to build “Westpoint at Eno,” with 278 townhomes and 101 single-family homes. The 94-acre site runs along the south of the West Point on the Eno park, with an entrance on North Roxboro Road. The development would build over Black Meadow Ridge, an area that is a buffer between the West Point park and neighborhoods. Black Meadow Ridge has been under discussion for possible conservation over the years. “We had heard about this just through word of mouth,” said Chris Hodgson, who lives in one of the neighborhoods right behind Black Meadow Ridge. Hodgson …