Neighborhood groups can, of course, be a thorn in the side of developers. But developers earn their reputation honestly. Look no further than this recent e-mail communication:
From: John Gilbert
Sent: Apr 2, 2004 12:10 PM
To: "Hausser, Ginger" , "Hausser, Ginger"
Cc: "White, Tom" , "Fred, Stuart" , "Henry, Shawn"
Subject: The Enclave at Hillsboro Village Apartments
Eric McNeely of Civil Site Design Group (our civil engineer), informed me this morning that you called him yesterday requesting information on our project, The Enclave at Hillsboro Village. First of all, it is highly inappropriate and unprofessional of you to contact any of our design consultants requesting proprietary information, without first receiving permission from our office. That would be like me calling your colleagues at Community Research Associates and requesting information about a project you are working on, without first contacting you. It just isn't proper protocol. Please note that any inquiries regarding our project should be directed to me at my Houston office. In addition, please be advised that we will not be releasing any information about our project to you or the neighbors; however, public information is available on our website at www.bomasada.com.
As you may recall at each of our neighborhood meetings, Bomasada Group agreed to work with you, Hillsboro-West End and Belmont-Hillsboro Neighbors with regard to many of the design elements of The Enclave, if and only if, our re-zoning request would be endorsed and approved by you. Given the fact that the re-zoning was rejected by the neighborhoods (or should I say, Gene Teselle, Jane Gordon, Keith Durbin and Tom Grooms), we now have no obligations whatsoever, to you or your constituents. We respect the decision of the neighborhoods and thus are proceeding with our development in full compliance of the current zoning and building codes of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.
In closing, I would also like to advise you that this is a construction site and due to liability and safety issues, all unauthorized personnel are not allowed on the property.
John L. Gilbert
John L. Gilbert
Sr. Vice President
BOMASADA GROUP, INC.
8980 Lakes at 610 Drive, Suite 200
Houston, Texas 77054
AND HERE'S THE RESPONSE (Go, Ginger!):
Subject: Re: The Enclave at Hillsboro Village Apartments
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2004 13:26:35 -0700 (PDT)
Mr. Gilbert and others copied on this email,
I am a little confused about the tone of your email. I returned Mr. McNeely's phone call to me regarding a piece of legislation that needed to be filed regarding the abandonment of a water line. I informed him that no one had contacted me yet to tell me that the legislation was needed or ready for my signature and therefore would not be filed for this council meeting. I suggested he would want to contact Metro Water to determine the status of this legislation.
In that conversation, I told him I've received calls regarding the project and in order to save those involved with this project time I thought it would be beneficial if I could obtain some information on the project, drawings, construction schedule, blasting needed, extent of pre-blast surveys and other details that might be of interest to residents. I told him that I'd be happy to send information out to residents surrounding the site to better inform them of what is going to happen over the next several months. This is not an unusual thing on development projects in this neighborhood and generally assists both the developer and me in minimizing the number of phone calls, emails, metro complaints received related to a project.
I asked Mr. McNeely the appropriate way to obtain that information. He suggested I email him and his colleague, Kevin Gangaware, at Civil Site Design and he would get with you on obtaining the materials.
As of today, I have not emailed either Mr. McNeely or Mr. Gangaware to request any information. Therefore, I think that the tone of your response is a little peculiar and premature. However, I will respect your wishes and make every request for information through you. In addition, I will ensure that complaints and questions are forwarded directly to you as well unless you recommend otherwise.
To that end, I'd like to send out the following information to surrounding neighbors and the neighborhood association presidents:
1-Elevation drawings (To include front, side, back, landscaping, entrance & exit etc.)
2-Description of blasting needed
3-Radius included for Pre-blast survey and time frame for pre-blast surveys (knowing this and getting the word out usually helps the pre-blast company)
4-Construction time schedule
5-Construction hours (I received a call of concern from a reporter who lives behind the site about weekend construction hours)
6-An individual to contact on the project regarding questions, concerns, other
Please let me know the status of my request.
I do not have the e-mail address of either Mr. McNeely or Mr. Gangaware with me at work, therefore, I'd you'd like to pass this email along to them please feel free.
In peace and cooperation,