Development could bring 800 lakefront...

Development could bring 800 lakefront homes to Gaston

There are 36 comments on the The Gaston Gazette story from Aug 20, 2013, titled Development could bring 800 lakefront homes to Gaston. In it, The Gaston Gazette reports that:

Gaston County's southernmost peninsula of undisturbed land along Lake Wylie could eventually host 810 upscale homes.

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Chase Manhattan

Belmont, NC

#1 Aug 22, 2013
This is disgraceful!!
Real estate guy

Belmont, NC

#2 Aug 22, 2013
Chase Manhattan wrote:
This is disgraceful!!
Why? Ever heard of private property rights? Don't like it, raise the money and buy the property.
property owner

Gastonia, NC

#3 Aug 23, 2013
Real estate guy wrote:
<quoted text>Why? Ever heard of private property rights? Don't like it, raise the money and buy the property.
Yes- those of us who own property are going to be affected by this travesty. Our property rights will be infringed upon with more noise, pollution, traffic, potential crime and congestion. That's just the way it is. Sorry of the facts disturb you... but it IS disgraceful to cram that much development along the banks of an already polluted and distressed river. I have watched the Catawba chain die in my lifetime due to greed. I grew up eating fish out of it - I would just as soon drink a can of Drano than eat one now. It's sickening.
property owner

Gastonia, NC

#4 Aug 23, 2013
Real estate guy wrote:
<quoted text>Why? Ever heard of private property rights? Don't like it, raise the money and buy the property.
And by the way smart-aleck- you ever heard of FREE SPEECH?
smart aleck

Concord, NC

#5 Aug 23, 2013
CHA-CHING!!!

Since: Jan 12

Batesburg, SC

#6 Aug 23, 2013
While I don't necessarily like this plan, at least they are including pedestrian access plans.

I would also like to see them keep a buffer of trees between the homes and the river to prevent run off of chemicals into the river.

I doubt that they will voluntarily do that though.
Bo Tanical

Gastonia, NC

#7 Aug 23, 2013
property owner wrote:
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Yes- those of us who own property are going to be affected by this travesty. Our property rights will be infringed upon with more noise, pollution, traffic, potential crime and congestion. That's just the way it is. Sorry of the facts disturb you... but it IS disgraceful to cram that much development along the banks of an already polluted and distressed river. I have watched the Catawba chain die in my lifetime due to greed. I grew up eating fish out of it - I would just as soon drink a can of Drano than eat one now. It's sickening.
So you are saying I got mine but you can't have yours?
Real estate guy

Belmont, NC

#8 Aug 23, 2013
Bo Tanical wrote:
<quoted text> So you are saying I got mine but you can't have yours?
Exactly!
property owner

Gastonia, NC

#9 Aug 23, 2013
Bo Tanical wrote:
<quoted text> So you are saying I got mine but you can't have yours?
I'm saying it takes a lot of selfishness and rudeness to want to ruin the quality of life of your community just make a buck. And that's a fact, Jack. The big developers are saying EXACTLY what you just said.
Real estate guy

Belmont, NC

#10 Aug 23, 2013
property owner wrote:
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I'm saying it takes a lot of selfishness and rudeness to want to ruin the quality of life of your community just make a buck. And that's a fact, Jack. The big developers are saying EXACTLY what you just said.
This development is going to be very high quality. No one buys beautiful land like this and puts crap on it. It will raise the tax base and draw wealth and enterprise to Belmont and Gaston County. If you don't like the plan, buy the land and donate it to the Catawba Land Conservancy or keep it, leave it undeveloped and pay for its upkeep, insurance, and property taxes in perpetuity.
property owner

Gastonia, NC

#11 Aug 23, 2013
Real estate guy wrote:
<quoted text>This development is going to be very high quality. No one buys beautiful land like this and puts crap on it. It will raise the tax base and draw wealth and enterprise to Belmont and Gaston County. If you don't like the plan, buy the land and donate it to the Catawba Land Conservancy or keep it, leave it undeveloped and pay for its upkeep, insurance, and property taxes in perpetuity.
No one is arguing about the " quality" - it's still lake pollution, congestion, traffic and noise - whether it's a Jaguar or a Pinto. You don't see anything but $$$$$$. Some of us care about quality of life. Boy I hope you don't get elected to city council.
Chase Manhattan

Belmont, NC

#12 Aug 23, 2013
Real estate guy wrote:
<quoted text>This development is going to be very high quality. No one buys beautiful land like this and puts crap on it. It will raise the tax base and draw wealth and enterprise to Belmont and Gaston County. If you don't like the plan, buy the land and donate it to the Catawba Land Conservancy or keep it, leave it undeveloped and pay for its upkeep, insurance, and property taxes in perpetuity.
Did they demolish Daniel Stowe's home or are they working to preserve it?????
Real estate guy

Belmont, NC

#13 Aug 23, 2013
property owner wrote:
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No one is arguing about the " quality" - it's still lake pollution, congestion, traffic and noise - whether it's a Jaguar or a Pinto. You don't see anything but $$$$$$. Some of us care about quality of life. Boy I hope you don't get elected to city council.
So what's your answer? Do you want the government to prohibit the development of that land? If so the owners must be compensated. Taking is prohibited by the U.S. Constitution. But don't worry this deal is too good for Belmont to pass up.
Real estate guy

Belmont, NC

#14 Aug 23, 2013
Chase Manhattan wrote:
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Did they demolish Daniel Stowe's home or are they working to preserve it?????
You people are very free with other people's money. I believe it has been demolished. Too expensive to restore and maintain.
Chase Manhattan

Belmont, NC

#15 Aug 23, 2013
Real estate guy wrote:
<quoted text>You people are very free with other people's money. I believe it has been demolished. Too expensive to restore and maintain.
I'm sure Daniel is turning over in his grave. If he only knew what would happen to this land he loved so much. Such greedy trustees left in charge. Money grabbing scum bags.

Since: May 09

Location hidden

#16 Aug 24, 2013
I've watched this thread without comment until now. Let me ask you, Chase. If the purpose of an organization of which you are a director is to provide funds for the operation of a public charity, i.e., a botanical garden, and your only asset is raw land, what are your options to provide those funds?
the poreanknee_D

AOL

#17 Aug 24, 2013
LOL
Investment capitol + progressive development = JOBS
You vote for change, but seek status quo?
The Point has languished for years waiting on the Garden Parkway. Now the GP has been put in a holding pattern. Did any of you actually believe this would stop development of the penisula?
Too many of you curse the light, because you can't see the darkness.
Chase Manhattan

Concord, NC

#18 Aug 24, 2013
Robert Stowe wrote:
I've watched this thread without comment until now. Let me ask you, Chase. If the purpose of an organization of which you are a director is to provide funds for the operation of a public charity, i.e., a botanical garden, and your only asset is raw land, what are your options to provide those funds?
Let me ask you, Robert. Does it really take 800 "new" homes to provide funds to operate the botanical garden? Last time I checked, there was an admission fee charged for this "public charity"...

Since: May 09

Location hidden

#19 Aug 24, 2013
Chase Manhattan wrote:
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Let me ask you, Robert. Does it really take 800 "new" homes to provide funds to operate the botanical garden? Last time I checked, there was an admission fee charged for this "public charity"...
Actually, Chase, admission fees fund about 1/3 of the annual cost of operating the Garden, private contributions fund another 1/3. The rest has to come from endowment income. Raw land doesn't produce income. It only produces expenses as r.e. guy said. So we sold the land and will invest the funds to produce the balance of the annual income needed to operate the Garden. Get it?
della mae

Belmont, NC

#20 Aug 24, 2013
Robert Stowe wrote:
<quoted text>Actually, Chase, admission fees fund about 1/3 of the annual cost of operating the Garden, private contributions fund another 1/3. The rest has to come from endowment income. Raw land doesn't produce income. It only produces expenses as r.e. guy said. So we sold the land and will invest the funds to produce the balance of the annual income needed to operate the Garden. Get it?
How in the world can you call DSBG a " charity"?! Amazing.

Secondly - why 800 crammed in homes? How about a nice destination spa that will preserve the beauty of the land and generate income and garden traffic? This decision is purely motivated by greed, not the sustaining of the garden. be honest.

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