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Oppose The Central at Memphis PD 20-14

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The University of Memphis, via President Shirley Raines, entered into an agreement with The City of Memphis, Various Neighborhood Associations including Belle Meade NA, Bremington Place NA, Red Acres NA, The Village NA and the University Area Neighbors Association in 2003. This agreement, as it relates to the proposed PD 20-14, insured the following;

  1. that the University will not construct additional facilities between Central and Poplar other than the ones I specifically identified in my letter of May 27, 2003 to you, and that any facilities the University builds or operates between Central and Poplar will be designed and operated with the intention that they cause no increase in Poplar Avenue traffic;
  2. that the University will not add any additional entrances or exits on Poplar between Patterson and Goodlett, will not widen Conlee and will not seek or support any request for an additional stoplight on Poplar between Highland and Goodlett;
  3. that the University will prevent vehicular traffic between Central and Poplar via Conlee by constructing a permanent physical barrier between the existing paved parking lot on Central and the proposed parking lot on Poplar. This barrier will run in an east-west direction along approximately the same line as the old wooden fence which separated the grass fields along Conlee from the paved, Central parking lot. The barrier will be designed to permit pedestrian traffic, but to prevent vehicular traffic between the Central and Poplar parking lots.
  4. that the University will do everything reasonably possible to focus all University traffic on Central Avenue, not Poplar.

We the residents of these neighborhoods, oppose this application. This proposed Planned Development Application violates the provisions of the 2003 agreement in many ways. In addition to the items 1-4 above;

The nature of apartment/student housing in inconsistent with the surrounding neighborhoods.

The 24/7 traffic as well as the overall volume of traffic poses many threats and dangers to the surrounding neighborhoods.

The University should honor its agreement and should it elect to continue to disregard its obligations it will regrettably leave us no option but to enforce our legal and equitable rights through all available administrate and judicial forums.

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