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Richard V. Elliott: McCrimmon extension is crucial

McCrimmon extension is crucial

Millions in bond projects are being considered in Morrisville. However, one hopes the council shortens the list. Although there are good ideas among them, the recession makes it a poor time to increase town taxes and debt. But one project that could brighten Morrisville’s future is crucial: the expansion of McCrimmon Parkway from Chapel Hill Road to Evans Road.

Unlike other possible projects, the McCrimmon expansion can affect the town’s future by leading to the opening of the large “airport overlay” to upscale subdivisions with quarter- and third-acre home sites, thereby improving town balance and desirability.

Currently, only 3.1 of the town’s 9.8 square miles is allotted for residential use. Residential expansion could lead to a reduction in town density and likely lower commercial traffic. Expansion will also lead to the possibility of providing land for a middle and high school and help relieve peak traffic on Chapel Hill Road.

We must stop greed from making Morrisville a regional commercial activity center and workplace, rather than a real town.

All homeowners stand to gain by improving Morrisville’s housing stock and the town’s tax base with fine homes. In addition, it is understood that unused funds are available from the town’s previously approved bond, which can be used for improvements at the Community Park residents enjoy.

Richard V. Elliott