Our View: Ups and Downs — Uptowne residential development; smoke detectors

Mar. 01, 2013 @ 01:26 AM

THUMBS UP to High Point developer David Riedlinger and his plans to construct two four-story condominium buildings in the newly developing Uptowne area of the city. Riedlinger won rezoning approval last week from City Council (give it a THUMBS UP, too) that will allow him to proceed with the project at 205 and 207 W. Lexington Ave. The nearly two-thirds of an acre tract lies between Long Street and Rotary Drive.
Riedlinger, who developed Time Square Shops and other offices in the same general North Main Street and West Lexington Avenue area, displayed to Council architectural drawings of residential buildings that contained balconies for each unit and a “roof garden.” He said he expects to sell the six units for $250,000 to $300,000 each.
The plans — and conditions of the rezoning permit — also call for landscaped buffer areas and fencing to minimize the impact of the high-rises on residential neighbors, which is as it should be. Such a project in this area is exactly what Uptowne needs as it grows and redevelops the Lexington Avenue and North Main Street area. For the area to continue to develop commercially as plans for Core City redevelopment call for, there also must be more residential development nearby. Residential developers, however, must be careful to make sure there is a good price range in the properties from which potential residents could choose.

THUMBS UP to Wesleyan Christian Academy’s boys basketball team for last Saturday winning the 3A state championship of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association. The top-seeded Trojans finish 23-5 with the 59-49 win over area rival Greensboro Day School in a game played at Providence Day School in Charlotte. Harry Giles, JaQuel Richmond and Trey Chapman led the Trojans to Saturday’s victory. The championship was Wesleyan’s first since 1993 when it completed in the state 1A bracket.

THUMBS UP to the Thomasville family on New York Drive that escaped an overnight fire in their home a couple of weeks ago without injuries although the home sustained significant fire and smoke damage. A mother and two children today can credit their survival in large part to smoke detectors that sounded when the fire broke out. According to the Thomasville Times, the mother and her children were sleeping around midnight when her 3-year-old child awoke to the sound of multiple smoke detectors sounding the alarm.
“The smoke detectors going off and being interconnected did a lot to wake the family up so they could escape,” Thomasville Fire Inspector Rocky Watts told the Times. “If they hadn’t had the smoke detectors, this thing could have been a lot worse.”
Here, again, is a case where the importance of having plenty of smoke detectors in a home — and office — is a wise move. Maintaining regular checks of batteries, whether they are the primary power source or backup power source, makes sense, too. Smoke detectors clearly are lifesavers.