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Candidate Profiles for Pinehurst Village Council Election Nov 7th
Below you will find links to the profiles of candidates who will be on the ballot on November 7, 2017 forPinehurst Village Council election. There are two open seats, and there will be eight candidates on the ballot. The Pinehurst Civic Group solicited short profiles from the candidates in a standard format and the responses we received are below. Click on the name of the candidate and it will open up the profile for your review. All the profiles are in the same format and as the candidates submitted them. You are encouraged to also visit the candidate’s web site which is noted in the profile (where applicable) for more detailed information on the candidate and their position on issues affecting the Village.This is an important election and your careful consideration of who will be on the Village Council isimportant to the future of Pinehurst. Claire Berggren >Bart Boudreaux >Judy Davis >Kevin Drum >Collett Kolinski >Tony Price > Profiles for the following candidates are not available at this time Myles Larsen Birche Meese
Pinehurst Resort plans Pub / Brewery for old Power Plant
Pinehurst Resort plans to convert Historic Power Plant into a Pub and Brewery The Pinehurst Resort has recently received a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) from the Village of Pinehurst Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) to convert the historic Power Plant building, also known as the Steam Plant, located on Magnolia Road in the Village of Pinehurst into a Pub and Brewery. The 117 year old building, approximately half way between the Village downtown area and Municipal Hall and Arboretum has been unused and abandoned for over 35 years. Plans submitted include a 4,936 sq ft Pub and a 2,134 sq ft Brewery. The new facility will also include additions such as 968 sq ft of new covered terrace-outside dining, 276 sq ft of kitchen storage, and 1,136 sq ft of a new covered beer garden with an outside bar area. No information on dates or timing of the construction or planned opening are available at this time. Following are details as submitted to the Historic Commission:Artist renditions of the Pub / Brewery from Magnolia Road Front of the Pub as seen from Power Plant Road and the Outdoor Beer Garden ADDITIONAL DETAILClick on the appropriate links below to open the file --> Pub view 5 pages > Building Elevations > Building Applications > The site plan Building views from all sides with description of plans for each section History of the Pinehurst Power PlantThe Power Plant was built to provide electric power and steam heat for the Village. Underground steam pipes ran from the Power House throughout the Village heating both hotels and cottages. The generated electricity powered not only the hotels and early cottages but also the trolley line that ran throughout the Village and to Southern Pines. The trolley would meet through trains to bring guests to Pinehurst. Eventually the trolley line to Southern Pines was not necessary as trains could switch in Aberdeen and bring passengers directly to the Pinehurst Station located near the Carolina Hotel. The trolley lines continued to run throughout the Village until automobiles and buses took their place and the trolley lines were taken up and barn demolished. An ice house was added to a section of the power house at that time taking the place of the trolley barn. As electric utilities in North Carolina matured and the Village continued to grow the electric requirements of residents and the hotels were assumed by utilities and electric power generation at the Power House was unnecessary for that purpose. However, steam generation continued to heat the hotels well into the 1970s until Diamondhead modernized the hotel heating and Air Conditioning systems and eventually even steam generation at the Power House ceased. The fuel for power generation was coal. A rail line was built from the current Aberdeen and Western Carolina lines near Beulah Hill Road that went in front of the Golf Resort and continued into the Village on Spur Road ending at an elevated trestle next to the Power House. At that point trains would dump the coal from their hopper cars. There is still coal embedded in the ground scattered about where the large coal piles were located. The Concrete rail line trestle supports still stand on the property.The first picture below show the building under constuction in 1900, note the trolly barn attached to the building, the two smaller smokestacks in the background belong to the first power plant (a wooden structure built in 1896 and torn down after the new building was complete).
Sidewalks – Pinehurst Lake District
As many of you know, the Village conducted a survey on adding streetlights and sidewalks to the Lake Pinehurst area and held a public meeting on April 13th. Sidewalks dominated the conversation during the two and a half hour meeting with passionate views shared on both sides of the issue. You can view the meeting video featuring the survey presentation and the public dialogue by clicking here. [vopnc.org/sidewalks] PRO sidewalk comments included safety for exercising, aggregating school bus pickup points to reduce duration of bus rides. However, even among those who favored sidewalks, many objected to concrete and suggested exploring alternative mediums such as the gravel paths found on the trail system in Pinehurst or a widening of the road by 4 to 5 feet to allow both a bicycle lane and safer pedestrian walkway. CON sidewalk comments included addition of impervious areas and resulting water management problems, loss of natural beauty and tree canopy, creating a more unattractive “urban” environment, loss and expense of removing front yard landscaping and irrigation, plus potential liability for the sidewalk. Two Pinehurst Civic Group board members went to a home on St. Andrews and enclosed the landscaping that would be lost with the addition of sidewalks. You can see the result. Click on picture to enlarge. Also pictures of the area in front of some homes along St Andrews and Lake Forest Drive with sidewalks superimposed on the pictures are shown below to better understand the result