DOT Roundabout Ignores Standards
For example the guidelines state, "whenever possible, new additions to Village of Pinehurst structures should be done in such a manner that if they were to be removed in the future, the essential form and integrity of the original building would not be impaired."
Is not the current intersection a structure subject to the protection of the standards?
Further, in Sec. 3.5, "Demolition," there are very specific guidelines as to commission approval, which the current proposed plan clearly totally ignores.
Further, the commission document, in Appendix C, lists properties within the proposed district and includes "Village of Pinehurst Road System for the period 1895 to 1956," showing the system as "contributing."
It recognizes that the road system from that historic era does indeed qualify as an historic structure and key component of the National Historic District and now the local Historic District and, as such, should be treated accordingly.
Therefore, the intersection at N.C. 5 and Carolina Vista is to be safely protected by the standards, including all that apply to demolition, which is certainly the inevitable situation with the proposed roundabout construction.
I suggest that the ill-conceived DOT plan should be given much closer scrutiny by state preservation experts, and that public hearings deserve to be conducted by DOT before any plans are drawn and taxpayer funds expended on the project.
The concerned citizens of Pinehurst and people from around the nation and world who view Pinehurst as a special historic treasure are greatly offended by DOT's cavalier approach to this serious preservation matter.
Paul R. Dunn
Pinehurst Country Club
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