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Strong opinions, no consensus from community after first Vint Hill meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27 | By jhunley
Brandie Schaeffer, left, Weston Kennedy, center, and Edward Moore answer questions at Tuesday's meeting on the future of Vint Hill. - Photo by Alisa Booze Troetschel/One Boat Media
On Tuesday night, Vint Hill President Ed Moore asked for input from the community on what the former military base should look like in the coming years.

The crowd that turned out in response nearly filled the Theater on The Green's 165 seats.

Moore took over part of the property in May. At Tuesday's meeting, Moore said that he wants to create a town there that can be a destination as well as a place where residents can live and work.

A handful of folks blasted “low-income” housing, an idea that has been panned before but that is still proposed for the mixed-use development.

Others said they’re concerned that the developers would create a nondescript “town center” at Vint Hill or jam the property with homes and retail businesses, creating a crowded environment similar to some in neighboring counties.

Still others seemed skeptical of the developers, implying that they weren’t really interested in what nearby residents had to say, that they couldn’t pull off the creation of a new community or that they weren’t necessarily trustworthy because they don’t live in the Vint Hill neighborhood.

Vint Hill Vice President Wes Kennedy, though, asked the skeptics to give the developers a chance to prove themselves.

The Vint Hill developers plan to have additional information meetings in the coming months.

One is scheduled for Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. It’s tentatively planned to be at Auburn Middle School.

Another would be in November, perhaps on a weekend day to accommodate those who can’t attend a weeknight gathering.

Vint Hill's new owners are also soliciting comments from the public on www.vinthillvision.com.

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