In favor of the rezoning, Mayor Sherman Lea, Deputy Mayor Trish White-Boyd and City Councilor Vivian Sanchez-Jones. Board members Bill Bestpitch, Joe Cobb, Stephanie Moon Reynolds and Robert Jeffrey voted against.
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Subsequently, Fralin’s company issued another statement to this newspaper.
“Because the vote was so close and many in the community have since asked us to wait and reconsider other options, we feel compelled to hear the ideas of others before continuing,” the statement said. . âNonetheless, for now, it looks like single-family homes will be the final destination for property, but we want to respect these community players.â
When I asked on Wednesday who these community workers were, the company refused to identify them.
“Due to the large number of them and the implied confidentiality, we respectfully refrain from commenting,” the company said in an email.
âWe continue to focus our attention on our housing construction and development operations, and will remain attentive to our six already zoned apartment house community projects underway outside of Roanoke City. These projects are located in Botetourt County, Christiansburg, Roanoke County, Franklin County and Alleghany County. Fortunately, new residents who move to most other parts of the region will have a new option for quality affordable housing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that this option is available in Roanoke City at this time. “