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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 7, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                rQuilttyHtafthAltrtDay Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers wtth addressee ending In 5 can water today after 7 Well users wtth addresses ending In 4 or 5 can water today after 8 iUNG Vol 149 No 143 18 pages in Z sections June 7 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Coma County since 185 50 cents Neighborhood rebirth Mill Street comeback shows what can happen when residents take a stand Eckerd Drugs withdraws permit request v K JESSIE Colleen Seelhammer Christina Smith and Allen Seelhammer believe the Mill Street Area Association has been a major force in turn ing their neighborhood from a slum to something to be proud of Group effort transforms residential area near downtown BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A slow drive down West Mill Street today will reveal a quiet peaceful neighborhood reminiscent of a residential street out of the 1950s The homes many of which were built in the first half of the 20th century are brightly painted white or pastel pink green or blue with flower beds and gardens lining the lush wellkept yards But many longtime residents say it wasnt always that way They say the small enclave just off downtown must be considered the comeback kid of dilapidated neighborhoods This area was really resident Allen Seelhammer said adding that the house across the street from his was in such disrepair even transients refused to live there We had a prostitution ring and burglaries and a murderer living in our he said Christina Smith who has lived in the Mill Street area since 1986 said There were a lot of abandoned buildings and boarded up build ings and lots of traffic and Finally several residents in the area decid ed to take a stand Some of us were concerned and we decid ed as a collective group we wanted to clean it up so about 60 of us went down to city Seelhammer said Members of a neighborhood task force talked wjth the citys Safe City Commission and the police and fire chiefs about ways they could improve their neighborhood Don Ferguson assistant to the city manag er said the neighborhood really needed the citys help We saw a number of issues to he said hi addition to criminal activity we saw a need for neighborhood revitalization and the residents decided the best way to do it was to form an See Neighborhood Watch program aids in revitalization Residents interested in forming a Neighborhood Watch program can call the Safe City Commission Many residents throughout the city are mak ing grass roots efforts to instill pride in their neighborhoods and increase safety Don Ferguson assistant to the city manager said the city currently has 25 active Neighbor hood Watch programs which bring residents together to practice crime prevention measures grams participate in National Night Out Willow Street Neighborhood Watch pro Against Crime to help increase awareness gram block leader Beth Bizer said her neigh among residents borhood had problems with car burglaries three But Texas Avenue Neighborhood Watch or four years ago but not so much now program block leader Marsha KiesUng said res Were a closeknit Bizer said idents meet several tithes a year to plan neigh We have a directory with everyones name and borhood projects and she feels it has made the phone numbers so we know whose cars are neighborhood safer whose and we know when theres a strange car Residents of Avenue experienced a in the series of small crimes in 1998 Once a year the Neighborhood Watch pro BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Eckerd Drugs has withdrawn its application for a special use permit to build a drug store on the corner of Business 35 and South Walnut Avenue but rea sons Tuesday were unclear City planner Harry Bennett said he received word on Tues day that the Real ty Group the realty group representing Eckerd issued a request to withdraw its appli cation for rezoning scheduled to go before the citys Planning Commission Tuesday night Bruce S Shelby with Shel confirmed Tuesday that Eckerd officials told him to pull the application but he said he was not told why A spokeswoman for Eckerd at the corporate office in Flori da said she would look into the issue but did not call back Tues day But at least one resident sug gested it was vocal opposition to the project that caused Eck erd to pull out Paul Derrick who lives on S Sycamore Avenue behind the proposed development said Maybe they saw the opposi tion they were up against and realized we werent going to lay down and This was Eckerds second attempt in a little more than a year to get the citys permis sion to construct an Eckerd drug store on acres on the comer of South Walnut Avenue and Business 35 hi February 1999 city coun cil voted 43 in favor of the pro ject but city policy required a 6 1 vote or better because of pub lic opposition to the proposal Derrick said he was happy when he heard the announce ment that Eckerd had with drawn application at the planning commission meeting But Teresa Frasch who lives on West Coll Street said Im Weve been through this sev eral times and the developers said they came back with a new plan but it was the same she said Derrick said We dont know if theyre going to come back Currently that area is zoned R3 Multifamily Residential and C3 Commercial District Shelby said Eckerd decided to make another attempt to build at the location after Wai greens was granted a special use permit Feb 14 to build across the street Shelby said the developers made changes to the plans that addressed residents concerns about increased traffic and neighborhood disruptions But several residents said they werent convinced it was a good plan Im opposed to it because I live in a residential neighbor hood and they dont belong Frasch said Derrick said he was against the development because he lived about 70 feet behind where the dumpsters would be located Cindy Schlather who lives on W Coll Street said she hoped Eckerd would look into building a store out on Loop 337 Im opposed to it because I live in a residential neighbor hood and Eckerd Drugs ddriTfieldhg Teresa Frasch who lives on W Coll Street But Shelby said during a pre vious interview Eckerd want ed to build near the existing store on Business 35 to keep the same customer base Several residents who owned property near the proposed site were in favor of the develop ment because Eckerd agreed to make improvements to Walnut Avenue Shelby said Eckerd would donate 10 feet of rightofway along Walnut Avenue which combined with Walgreens donation of 30 feet of rightof way could help widen Walnut Avenue to accommodate six lanes of traffic including a turn ing lane Gloria Hitzfelder who owns a house on Walnut Avenue next to the proposed site of the new Walgreens store said nut is too dangerous for resi dential too busy especially for older Florence Riedel Hitzfelders mother who owns a house at 565 Walnut said the See Abby Comics 2B fQfM MMO Ml 4A Today Jt y v 5 NY 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