Pictured here is a portion of the northern section of Lorimer Road.
On this map, the YELLOW dotted lines indicate where Lorimer Road is currently; the PURPLE lines indicate the width of the City’s easement. The solid GREEN lines show where the new, “improved” road will be; the solid RED lines indicate the location of the new curb. The sidewalk (located on one side—the west side—only) is pictured here as an ORANGE band.
Note that the yellow line—the edge of the current road—and the red line—the edge of the new road/where the new curb will be—intersect in front of the Mixon’s property (Sharon Mixon initiated the street & sidewalk project).
The Mixons, in other words, stand to lose … nothing, easement-wise. Those who live across the street, however, stand to lose everything, easement-wise.
How, one might ask — Mixons and Burfords and City of Raleigh officials and staff — is this fair?
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September 9, 2015 Facebook posts –
Jane Fenn: For me the biggest problem with this whole situation is that for you and your neighbors on the east side of Lorimer, the look of the street and the impact on trees you enjoy will change only by 3.5 feet, roughly speaking. For me and all my neighbors on the west side, the look of Lorimer will change by 5 feet (sidewalk) plus 6 feet (setback) plus 3.5 feet. The inequity of this property impact differential is breathtaking.
Shannon Bellezza: …If the petition is upheld, a sidewalk will be installed and the look and feel of Lorimer Rd. will drastically change.
Currie Mixon: I disagree that it will drastically change. It will change somewhat, but not drastically.
[—which, given that the drastic change will affect residents on the other side of the road, is easy for Mr. Mixon to say….]
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