About why Selby Gardens wants to clear cut 114 mature trees to make way for an oversized parking structure & FOURTH restaurant.
The ONLY thing being compromised is the NATURE of MARIE SELBY'S GARDENS
COM·PRO·MISE · /ˈkämprəˌmīz/
An agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions.
An ability to listen to two sides in a dispute, and devise a compromise acceptable to both.
Compromises proposed by Garden Guardians and rejected by Selby staff:
- Off-site location for rare books and plant specimens-outside of flood zone (2 sites identified where storage could be secured; one for less the price of state grant of 600K Selby has received for this purpose) — REJECTED
- Off-site parking within walking distance with less cost and expanding garden saving trees and under-story plantings with meandering garden — REJECTED
- Smaller parking garage to accommodate garden parking needs (250 spaces-2 stories) — REJECTED
- Keeping Palm Avenue open for internal traffic and retaining perpetual easement — REJECTED
- Preserve garden ambiance by locating visitor center off Palm and building display green house at the corner of Orange and Palm, just off Mound. — REJECTED
- Use funds for garage construction to fund endowment to support garden activities. — REJECTED
- Rather than build new restaurant, use three existing food venues as accessory uses — REJECTED
- Bring executive salaries in line with other botanical gardens to manage overhead— REJECTED
- Eliminate amplified outdoor music — REJECTED
|LAND USE ISSUES||BEFORE||AFTER||Size of Gardens (green acres)||14||12.75||Adjacent to and a part of established neighborhoods||Cements transformation from Botanical Garden to commercial event center||Maintains goal of being destination event, catering, dining and entertainment center||Proposes high intensity commercial use in a lower intensity transitional zone||Proposed ZTA is “Spot” zoning without limits||Consistent w/Comp Plan for separation between urban-scale businesses and residential||Appropriate location for commercial event center||Urban-scale parking garage, 48’6” high||486 cars||450 cars||Increases footprint of concrete garage||Needs excess parking (over existing 225 spots) only 15% of the time for Garden functions||Located at “F” rated (failed) intersection||Addresses significant traffic and safety issues||High-impact center will result in additional traffic to city's roadway network||Permanently alters beauty of bayfront w/massive garage||Proposes 4 separate food service venues||Plans to operate commercial marine traffic on Hudson Bayou||Keeps Palm Ave. open to the public|
|CRIMES AGAINST NATURE||BEFORE||AFTER||Favors concrete structures over living things||Destroys more than 114 trees for concrete garage||City will be recognized for hypocrisy of destroying nature to 'create' 50,000sf more of concrete||Destroys essence and intention of gardens to create commercial event center||Increases impervious (paved) surfaces; reduces green space by||48%||60%||Paves fragile coastal zones for commercial development||Located in high-risk flood zone|
|NUISANCE NEIGHBOR||BEFORE||AFTER||Limits on amplified sound||Willing to demonstrate a real sound mitigation system||Willing to work with neighbors||Agrees to definition of 'events'||Parties/events up to 2,500 people||Agrees to limitation on hours of events, garden hours||Depends upon taxpayer funding||Competes with tax-paying commercial enterprises while being exempt from property taxes||Stresses visitor experience is more important than year-round tax-paying residents' quality of life||Board members living in neighborhoods severely impacted by noise and traffic|
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