The entrance to the new project on Melville was not the original deeded access. There was originally no access to the property from Melville.
The developer Dave Winters bought a small lot at the end of Melville with an old house, tore it down and punched a driveway through.
The original legal access is on Locust and runs through property that the developer already owned with five rental units. When Dave Winters bought the 1.4 acres (Melville Apts.) he blocked off the legal access, the logical access, and built a retaining wall to allow more room to grow and expand his apartment empire.
The point is and was brought up at the meeting with all the officials on Melville Road. The property on Melville, the main entrance, was not part of the 1987 zone change that the county uses for their hands-off approach to the assault on Melville. The lot is still R1 zoned. We all questioned the officials. Planning department head Kevin Hamblin confirmed it. Bob Bronkall and Estelle Fennell were not even aware of it.
The question was then side-stepped and to this day goes unanswered. In fact all of Melville questions and concerns have gone unanswered and ignored.
The entrance to those apartments is the cause of all our concerns: parking problems, safe pedestrian walkway, crowded streets, and unsafe streets.
The county knows, the property owner knows, there’s no denying it. Man up.