Cedarwood residents were promised a park

Submitted by Donald H. Seagreaves
Posted 10/29/19

Dear Editor:

Well, I certainly am glad that Mr. Zack Thorington and the Rosewood Corporation are “working cordially” to settle an apparently nullified agreement that goes back to at …

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Cedarwood residents were promised a park

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Dear Editor:

Well, I certainly am glad that Mr. Zack Thorington and the Rosewood Corporation are “working cordially” to settle an apparently nullified agreement that goes back to at least 2014. Cedarwood Subdivision residents were promised a 2.04-acre park close to the hospital tract according to a plat showing Cedarwood Subdivision phase 4, Lot 95 as a “future city park.” Now, the developer, Rosewood Corporation, wants to simply “pay a fee,” without even using a certified appraiser, to void the agreement and simply sell the acreage for housing. According to Mary Lou Cummings, Rosewood Corporation president, “… we’ll just get it figured out.”

Coincidentally, this acreage was to be deeded over to the city for the park years ago, and now, amazingly, Mr. Thorington finds the acreage was never deeded to the city. Thus, Mr. Thorington and the Rosewood Corporation are simply sacrificing what was to be a city park area intended for resident recreation, into housing lots where none were to exist.

Contrary to Mr. Thorington’s statement that “… the city already has quite a bit of land for city parks, which it has yet to develop,” we have no parks close to any of the Cedarwood and Beartooth subdivisions. Apparently, these areas are not of any concern to Mr. Thorington.

I find this sort of agreement between developer and the City of Powell to be unctuous at best. I have several names on a petition to stop this sort of development “land grab” and give us, the residents of the west side, a public park on Lot 95 as promised.

I have often heard that agreements in the West are often done with “handshakes,” I am beginning to believe they are done with a “wink and a nod!”

Sincerely,

Donald H. Seagreaves

Powell

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