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Sanford bricks - please!!
The problem is not the code, but the manner in which it is applied. Council members constantly supersede the code with their own personal tastes and petty criticisms. We did not elect them to be self-appointed architectural critics (with no training). We elected them to ensure that the code is enforced as written, not as they would like to have seen it written.
This is the fourth time that a developer has tried to satisfy the People's Republic of Southern Pines on the K-Mart property. Companies and developers have often been treated like capitalist thugs every time they come before this tiresome group.
I, for one, am tired of a so-called public servants constantly criticizing and denigrating business and residential developments with caustic comment. Public officials making fun of Home Depot's colors, referring to a condo development (where people live and have invested their live savings) as "ugly" is just not useful in public discourse and is very objectionable. (And, I might add, all the while with one member sitting up there chewing and cracking gum!)
Smithson is already responsible for killing projects that were perfectly acceptable and, in the process, costing the area many jobs and large amounts of tax revenue. Every business person with whom I have ever had occasion to discuss Smithson and the counsel rolls their eyes in disgust.
Smithson's statement "As far as "pretty buildings" go, I think you must not know the large number of people, including myself, who specifically chose to shop at the KMart instead of Wal Mart for the very reason that KMart "did the right thing" and had good landscaping and put up a building that was much more visually appealing than the big grey box and sea of asphalt that Wal Mart put up in Aberdeen."
In case he didn't notice K-MART went bankrupt and IS NO LONGER THERE! I guess he and his large number of people did not shop there enough.
This is the type of specious argument that reveals how out of touch with reality these people are. It is just unbelievable.
It is time to get rid of this bunch of amateurs.
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