In August, the neighborhood association filed an application with the Land Use Control Board to close Goodwyn at Southern for vehicular traffic. After an uproar among nearby residents, the association and the city began discussing other options, including sidewalks, curbs, and speed humps.
Association president Will Deupree said the proposal has already been deferred three times and the board wanted pursue the closure, especially if getting sidewalks and curbs was going to be a four or five year process.
"The feeling was, if we wait until next month, someone will say we should try to do something else," Deupree said. "Let's just have our application heard."
Because of their sudden reversal, the group plans to send only their attorney and one neighborhood representative to the Land Use Control Board meeting tomorrow, Thursday, November 8th.
The Office of Planning and Development, which is charged with studying such proposals, recommended that the Land Use Control Board reject the proposal.
One of the things OPD was concerned with was that the street closure would set a bad precedent. Read Mary Cashiola's "In The Bluff" column about the possible Goodwyn closure in this week's Flyer.