About 30 Bells Bends residents seem to have tired of being painted as opponents to the proposed May Town Center development and now are rising up to show there’s more support for the project on the Bend than thought.
“Perhaps we haven’t voiced our support as vocally as we should have,” according to a letter residents crafted Tuesday night, signed and sent to the Metro Planning Commission as well as Councilman Lonnell Matthews.
In the letter, they ask that the commission hold off and consider the community plan in its entirety instead of approving one portion and delaying action on the “alternative plan” section that basically would allow May Town Center.
During the last commission meeting, streams of opponents asked the commission to approve the community plan but defer on the alternative development portion. Few people spoke in favor of the alternative development plan.
“We didn’t get tickets to get in,” said Mark Lovell, a resident of Bells Bend and an organizer of Tuesday’s meeting.
The commission meeting was so crowded people had to draw tickets to get into the main meeting room and speak.
During that meeting, however, opponents cited a survey that 92 percent of residents in the Bells Bend area oppose May Town Center. Councilman Matthews used the poll’s result to arrive at his position for delaying the decision on the alternative plan.
Lovell said he and others weren’t contacted for that poll. Matthews couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.
The May family and consultant developer Tony Giarratana pointed out that just on the Bend alone, more than 62 percent of the landowners support May Town Center. Take out the property that the Mays own, and proponents come in at 56 percent, with direct opponents at 22 percent.
Asked whether there was any coordination with Giarratana or the Mays, Lovell said, “I haven’t spoken to a one of them.”