RCC Drop-in at Dano’s This Thursday, July 19

Hi folks, I hope everyone is having a nice summer and managing to stay cool in this heat. Another organization has booked the airport conference room this Thursday, so since we’re in the middle of a hot-and-lazy summer and a lot of people are out of town, we’ve decided to do what we did a few years ago and have an informal Rosewood Community Council social on the patio of Dano’s pizza. It will be this Thursday, the 19th, starting around the usual time of 6:30. I hope many of you will stop by to visit with your Rosewood neighbors, and have a Coke, beer, or a glass of tea. No official agenda, but if you have an issue you need to tell us about, we’ll certainly take note of it.

I’d also like to take a minute to give a mid-year report of news and happenings around the neighborhood.

  • The Rosewood Public Orchard is doing great, and there are lots of things to pick. A big thanks to Karen Murphy for her energy and hard work to keep it going.
  • Rosewood Community Council has been awarded a $2,100 grant from the Richland County Conservation Commission for an Owens Field Trail Restoration project. We’ll be planting 36 trees and other native plants along the trail this fall. Thanks go to Debbie Bloom for spearheading this project.
  • While we’re talking about Owens Field, I’m sure many of you have heard that Columbia Parks & Rec. received a $95,000 grant to build a bicycle pump track at the end of the park near Jim Hamilton Blvd. We’ll keep you updated on what type of track it will be and when construction will commence.
  • Hopefully, we’ll get some movement soon on promised upgrades to Rosewood Park, primarily the split rail fence along Montgomery to keep people from parking in the park. Also, a park sign of a more permanent, theft-proof nature has been proposed for the corner. We’ll keep on them to make this happen.
  • There are two big events coming to City Roots Farm during the next couple of months. The annual Tasty Tomato Festival that benefits Sustainable Midlands will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11. And a major music festival is scheduled for City Roots on Sept. 22. We’ll pass along more info on that as it becomes available.
  • Finally, we’re planning to have a National Night Out event in Rosewood Park on Tuesday, Aug. 7. So be on the lookout for upcoming notices about this really fun family affair.

OK, folks, that’s about it. Thanks to all of you for helping make Rosewood the coolest neighborhood in Columbia, even in the middle of a heat wave, and I hope to see some of you at Dano’s this Thursday.

— Mike Miller, president Rosewood Community Council

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Richland District One should listen to Rosewood’s concerns

I’ve followed with interest the continuing saga of Dreher High School’s attempt to build some additional sports facilities on its campus, and for the life of me, I can’t see what all the fuss is about. After all, we’re only talking about a practice field and a few tennis courts, and it seems Richland School District One has bent over backwards to pacify the “mostly affluent” neighbors who are adamantly opposed to the project.

The practice field will have no lights, pubic-address system or scoreboard, although the tennis courts will have lights. And yet Dreher neighbors fear their “quality of life” will be threatened by after-school soccer practices and the plop, plop, plop of tennis balls. It all sounds fairly benign to me, but then you see, I live in Rosewood, a block from Memorial Stadium, where for decades folks have learned to live with substantial traffic and noise associated with the stadium and ball fields on S. Holly Street.

It hasn’t been easy. Additional facilities that accommodate more frequent events have made life around the stadium more stressful. Having a marching band bang away outside your living room window for four straight hours one night a week is one thing, but when it starts happening two or three nights a week, well, that’s tough. Add soccer season and the loud music pounding from the PA before games, and you get the picture.

Then there’s the traffic that flows into our neighborhood on game days, making evening commutes treacherous for Rosewood residents. A traffic study was conducted in 2003 when District One last renovated the stadium, and it concluded that there would be “considerable congestion at several intersections before major events.” Nothing was done to address that concern 15 years ago, and now a multi-million-dollar renovation of Memorial Stadium is underway that promises more traffic. To top it off, the stadium plans call for a new high-tech sound system that’s capable of blowing the roofs off houses all the way to Rosewood Drive.

Look, we get it. Dreher is an in-town school and deserves to have athletic facilities in reasonable proximity to its campus. And to be fair, the Rosewood neighborhood enjoys the excitement of next-door sporting events most of the time.

But District One must show respect for the neighborhoods, and realize that its actions have consequences for residents on nearby streets. They seem to have done that in regards to adjusting the on-campus project to lessen community impact there. We hope they will show the same consideration for Rosewood. No mediators needed, just do the right thing.

Mike Miller

President, Rosewood Community Council

Possible Pump Track in Owens Field Park

Hey, everybody, a cool opportunity has come our way, and we need some community feedback to try and make it happen. The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is applying for a grant to hopefully fund a project in Owens Field Park. There are two options on the table. The first would be to build a walking trail around the east side of the park from S. Ott towards Jim Hamilton Blvd. The second option would be the construction of a bicycle “pump track” where the large mounds of dirt are located at the south end of the park.  A pump track is an off-road course with hills and banked turns that riders navigate by using the momentum gained from pumping up and down with body movements.  Several cities in the region have pump tracks, and they’ve proven to be very popular. Comments we’ve received so far indicate that people already enjoy walking through the woods on the east side of the park, and a manicured trail is not

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really needed. The idea of a pump track complementing the skate park and disc-golf course seems to be a good one. But Parks & Rec. would like to hear from you. If you think a pump track would be a fun addition to Owens Field Park, please let us know by commenting below. We’ll compile the responses and deliver them to the Parks people at the end of the week. Thanks, everybody!

Minutes from Jan. 18, 2018, RCC Meeting

  • Big thanks to Ken with The Boys and Girls Club for keeping the building open late to serve for our meeting space.
  • New mural inside of The Boys and Girls Club is a joint effort with One Columbia and Rosewood Community Council.
  • RCC is meeting with the city in February to discuss traffic calming options.

 

  • February 1- S. Kilbourne Community Meeting @ 6:30pm at the Lutheran Church off Moss Ave. Meeting being held to discuss cell tower
  • CPD Roll Call being held this Thursday, January 25th at 1001 Elm Ave. 6:30pm. Get to know your neighbors and officers a little better!

 

CRT Officer Mason Frier joined us for an update. He stated that since November 27th there have not been any reported property crimes in Rosewood!! This is tremendous and due in part to our community efforts of calling in suspicious activity and having our South Region Officers patrolling our neighborhood more often.

Betsy Kleinfelder, Visitor & Interpretive Services Coordinator for Historic Columbia, gave us information about volunteer opportunities with Historic Columbia. They currently have approximately 100 volunteers serving in many capacities. You can contact her to find out when the next volunteer orientation will take place. bkleinfelder@historiccolumbia.org or (803) 252-1770

 

Our next meeting will take place in April. More details to come. 

 

A New Year’s message from the Prez

It’s been a busy year in Rosewood, so on this final day of 2017, I thought it would be fun to look back at happenings in 2017 and take a brief look ahead to 2018. Rosewood experienced positive development in 2017, most notably the completion of the Miracle Field in Owens Field Park and the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery in the Curtiss-Wright Hangar. After years of planning and persistent cajoling, the nature trail behind Memorial Stadium was dedicated (see photo). Multi-unit residential projects on S. Saluda and S. Gregg have been approved, and should bring improvements to those areas. A long-needed sidewalk on Capers Avenue behind Rosewood Elementary was finally installed, thanks to the Richland Penny Program. We are still struggling to address the problem of speeding traffic in Rosewood, but we’re meeting with various government agencies and hope to make progress in 2018. There has been an encouraging wave of activism in Rosewood this year, with folks hosting periodical block parties and the formation of the Rosewood Rangers, volunteers who take on all sorts of projects. This is the way neighborhoods are supposed to work, so let’s keep it up in 2018 and set a positive example for other parts of the city. Speaking of next year, Rosewood Community Council will meet four times: Jan. 18, April 19, July 19, and Oct. 18. We’ve encountered a scheduling conflict on those Thursdays at Jim Hamilton Airport (the Aviation Authority will be using the conference room on those nights), so we’ll  return to the Norman Arnold Boys & Girls Club on S. Holly for our meetings. The director there, Ms. June Booth, is excited to have us back, and she even has some projects she needs our help with in 2018. One final word about a somewhat touchy subject. The Rosewood Neighbors Facebook page has provided a wonderful and helpful forum for everything from finding lost pets to getting a recommendation for a plumber, and it’s a great place to share neighborhood news. However, it reflects negatively on Rosewood when comments become mean, hateful, and racist. I would encourage folks to keep the discourse civil, and I would encourage the administrators of this page to be more vigilant in prohibiting negative posts and policing those who make them. OK, enough harping about that. Rosewood is still Columbia’s coolest neighborhood, so let’s work together to make it even cooler in 2018.

Happy New Year, everybody!

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Rosewood Traffic in the News Again

Following the accident on S. Holly on Saturday morning, Dec. 2, I contacted City Councilman Howard Duvall and County Councilman Seth Rose and told them a meeting was needed to (once again) discuss traffic calming in Rosewood. Our meeting took place on Thursday, Dec. 7, at the City of Columbia Public Works office. In attendance were councilmen Duvall and Rose, David Brewer and Robert Anderson from the City of Columbia, Ed Sawyer and Lori Campbell from the S.C. Dept. of Transportation, and Sgt. Uhall of the Columbia traffic police. Representing Rosewood were S. Holly resident Mike Ely, S. Bonham resident Matthew Upchurch, and myself. It was a productive meeting with a lively discussion of various traffic calming measures. We were pleased that so many members of government attended and expressed an understanding of our concern. However, the major complication we face is that almost all the streets in Rosewood are state-controlled roads and not city streets. This means any traffic calming initiatives must meet S.C. DOT requirements (traffic counts, average speed of motorists, etc.) and unfortunately, they do not. To complicate matters further, S. Holly is classified as a “major connector,” which prevents the installation of traffic-calming devices. But there is also good news. Work has begun to change the coding of S. Holly from a major connector to a minor connector, which will hopefully allow some form of traffic calming to be enacted. Plus, a temporary speed hump will be installed, possibly on Airport Boulevard, to allow residents to experience its effects and aid in decision making as we move forward. And it was agreed that we would reconvene in early 2018 for another meeting. It’s a complex and frustrating issue, and it will take time. We impressed upon everyone at the meeting that our only concern is to provide better safety for the people of Rosewood. We’re working hard, and we’ll keep everyone informed when there is news to share. — Mike Miller, president, Rosewood Community Council.

Michael’s Plan for the Rosewood Orchard

We are still saddened and, quite frankly, stunned about the death of Michael Juras, who worked diligently for the past four years to make the Rosewood Public Orchard a success. Michael had extraordinary vision and expertise. He wanted the orchard to be a shining example of how an urban garden could flourish thanks to all-natural, progressive techniques.

It’s been expressed recently by many people that we need to keep the garden going as a tribute to Michael’s dignity, devotion, and hard work. I have attached a 38-page document that he and his Columbia Resilience colleagues created to outline a plan for the orchard. Let’s use it as a starting point, and as a guide as we move forward. The words below are from Michael himself, taken from an email he sent to city officials just a few days before his death:

“Attached is the Rosewood Public Orchard Assessment and Design authored by my Columbia Resilience colleagues. This document was made available to Todd Martin and Graham Taylor subsequent to Jeff Caton, Ray Williams and Graham touring the orchard site at the time we began building the topsoil with City leaves. The document provides site history including demographics, climate, and soil analysis. It also articulates the strategy for producing a community food forest intended to be an example for what can be applied elsewhere in the Midlands. Be aware that work to this point entails the early stages of development. I encourage you to peruse the entire document.

Please see the following pages for special points of interest:
  • Page 20 for Goals Articulation (Expanded version)
  • Page 32 for the guild design that specifies vegetation to replace successional grasses.
  • Page 36 for the annual maintenance plan.”

As Michael said, the orchard is still in early stages of development, and there’s work to be done. We will soon be organizing a volunteer group to preserve the Rosewood Public Orchard. Thanks to everyone who wants to volunteer and get their hands a little dirty in the garden. Stay tuned for further notices about how you can get involved.

Rosewood Orchard Design

RCC Meeting This Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hi folks. The Rosewood Community Council will meet this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the large conference room at Owens Field Airport. It’s summer and it’s hot, so this will be a short meeting. However, it’s time again to nominate new RCC officers. The floor will be open for nominations for president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. Voting will take place at our October meeting. Also, CPD officer Kevin Schmidt will stop by and give us a public safety report. And I’ll have information on several upcoming events, including a new development planned for Superior Street near Rosewood Hills. Stay cool, everybody, and we hope to see you Thursday.

Rosewood Corridor and Neighborhood Plan

At last night’s meeting of the Rosewood Community Council (April 20, 2017), John Fellows and Leigh DeForth from the city’s Planning and Development Services talked to us about the Rosewood Corridor and Neighborhood Plan that was adopted in 2012.  It can be viewed in its entirety at the link below.

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At 150 pages in length, it is a rather unwieldy document. Thankfully, Ms. DeForth has provided shortcuts to sections of particular interest. So grab a cup of coffee and be patient as you navigate. If you have a question or come across something you’d like to comment on, you can reach Mr. Fellows at jsfellows@columbiasc.net and Ms. DeForth at ladeforth@columbiasc.net. Here are Ms. DeForth’s shortcuts:          

Introduction (pages 11-14) summarizes the planning process, for folks who may not have been able to take part, this may be of interest.

·         Existing conditions (pages 15-31) covers statistics about the community, inclusive of spatial analysis (maps), including things like utilities, tree  cover, crime, and transportation options.

·         Physical Development- Neighborhood (pages 33- 38) makes recommendations for the physical development of the neighborhood area (the plan splits the area into neighborhood, corridor, and industrial).  It speaks a lot about land use, zoning, jurisdictional boundaries, and options for pursuing different types of zoning moving forward. 

·         Physical Development – Corridor (pages 40-47) makes recommendations for the physical development of the corridor area along Rosewood itself.  It discusses preferred building types, uses, and streetscapes

·         Physical Development – Industrial (pages  49-54) makes recommendations for the industrial area (the area in proximity to Owens Field), and references the redevelopment recommended in the Columbia Owens Master Plan (an older plan for the area), as well as physical and economic development-related recommendations for the area.

·         Physical Development – Transportation (pages 56- 64) discusses streets, speeds, and bicycle and pedestrian planning options.  We’ll be going over the updated recommendations for bicycle and pedestrian treatments tomorrow when discussing the Walk Bike Columbia Plan (www.walkbikecolumbia.org). 

·         Physical Development- Sustainability (pages 66-69) makes some general recommendations to improve sustainability throughout the Rosewood area

·         Physical Development- Implementation (pages 72-82) lists the implementation strategies, actions needed, and timing.

·         Community Input (pages 84-96) reviews the items discussed at public meetings, etc.

·         Maps & Charts (pages 99-132) includes the maps used throughout the process, shown at a larger scale (11×17) for clarity.  Page 108 shows the neighborhood/corridor delineation.

·         Survey (pages 133-147) provides the survey questionnaire, as well as a summary of answers received.

New Development in Rosewood

As many of you know, a new development is coming to the 400 block of S. Saluda Ave. in Rosewood. Developer Scott Linaberry is planning to build eight duplexes on property currently occupied by condemned, run-down bungalows on both sides of the street. According to Scott, his structures “won’t be all brick, but will have brick accents and encapsulated porches to appear cleaner and neater from the street.” He is also touting off-street parking and the preservation of green spaces and trees. The project was approved by the City of Columbia’s Planning Commission on Feb. 6. But the Planning Commission has informed us that they’re willing to hear any concerns neighborhood residents might have. So please feel free to comment here about this new development. Scott has said he will attend our April meeting if necessary. You can email questions, compliments, or concerns to Scott at stlinaberry@aol.com.