Your View: Doesn’t HPU have other property options?

Jan. 15, 2014 @ 07:38 PM

It seems that we are once again dealing with the potential closing of a portion of Montlieu Avenue.  Personally, I hope the North Carolina DOT denies the request.  Is the closing really necessary or is this just another case of the City Council members bending over backwards to please High Point University?
The university already owns the former Oak Hollow Mall.  They also own a significant amount of property around the university.  Surely, if they put a little effort into it, they could find additional property in order to building the new schools they are wanting. Why not move in the direction of Lexington Avenue or move in the direction of N. Main Street.  Is closing a portion of a major thoroughfare the only option available or is this just the most expedient and what HPU wants and what City Council seems determined to give them?
I may be wrong, but I don’t know of any other university in the state of North Carolina that doesn’t have city streets and/or state roads running through the campus.  Surely, if the students at those schools can cross the street, the students at HPU should be able to do the same. The other universities seem to be able to expand without closing portions of streets. It would seem that with some effort HPU could do the same.
LINDA WILLARD
High Point

 


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