We aren’t architects nor wind turbine experts at SavePHP. Nor do we currently have the resources to research wind power that strives to exceed 2012 specifications particularly in reducing conflicts with birds that find PHP vital in their travels. We trust CBF & SmithGroup JJR will embrace their commitment to the Living Building Challenge philosophies in everything they do and create a world class facility at PHP that exceeds any similar facility on earth today.
Living Building Challenge provides a framework for design, construction and the symbiotic relationship between people and all aspects of the built environment.
From a very concerned neighbor who is attending tomorrow night’s City Council Meeting:
Your attendance is requested at the City Council meeting this Tuesday 11/13/2012 at 6pm Bldg 1 2nd floor in support of blocking construction of Marlin Bay Drive Extension and the remaining undeveloped lots at Pleasure House Point.
City Council Chamber Municipal Center (2401 Courthouse Drive) Bldg 1 – 2nd Floor
1. The location of these 20 parcels and the negative impact of building on them, including the proposed massive extension of Marlin Bay Drive has just been made public. Certainly, all creative solutions to add this vital open space to PHP has not been exhausted! The creative solution does not necessarily include throwing cash at this effort.
2. Preserving the land will maximize the positive experience all visitors will have when visiting PHP and the experience educators and students will have when visiting the CBF facility particularly those coming from out of town and out of state.
3. Preserving these 20 lots and the land slated for Marlin Bay Extension will help achieve the 1997 ULI study goal of achieving/maintaining the much open space the Bayfront needs. (The roughly 40 acres of water preserved surely can’t count toward the ULI Study’s recommendations can it ?)
4. Preserving the land will help achieve the City’s TMDL goals. How? By reducing additional construction, including a 40-foot wide road, and by keeping the additional storm water flows from using the Pump Station.
5. Preserving the land will lower the risk of increased flooding in an area already located in the flood plain. How?
By not adding additional impervious service in a flood zone and by keeping the century-old live oak trees intact. The VBgov.com website lists live oaks as the city’s tree, able to withstand flooding, and able to drain the soil quickly.
6. Preserving the land will create a healthier environment for the City of Virginia Beach. The 2011 City of Virginia Beach State of the Urban Forest report lists Virginia Beach’s Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) 4 % below the recommended canopy coverage for cities in the Mid-Atlantic region. According to the study trees remove carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and other pollutants from the air saving the city over $4 million. Trees keep the air clean and the people’s lungs clean.
7. Preserving the land will eliminate destruction to the natural habitat/home of indigenous wildlife – keeping the area as an “outdoors” destination for locals and tourists bringing tourist dollars to Virginia Beach. Already the bird-watching community at PHP is growing. Besides destroying the immediate land, construction would cause noise pollution, driving the animals from the area.
Please come support the person/persons who will address city council. If you know others who may be interesting in coming to the city council meeting and
showing support this Tuesday at 6 pm, please pass this e-mail along and invite them via e-mail and/or word-of-mouth.
Turns out there’s a loophole in the celebrated purchase and preservation of Pleasure House Point, the largest undeveloped tract left on the Lynnhaven River, loaded with sand dunes, maritime forest and waterfront vistas.
Let’s hope teachers using the CBF facility won’t have to explain to their students how the trees and vital habitat for birds migrating to Pleasure House Point were destroyed and 100% of PHP wasn’t quite saved but …
“When you look at this from a 30,000-foot-view,” he added, “we’ve preserved 95 percent of one of the top-priority parcels in the city.”
Speaking of 30,000 foot-view, if 95% of planes in the USA landed everyday, about 4,350 would crash. Every day.
How hard has everyone worked to preserve 100% of this magnificent property?