Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Remember all the concerns of Massaponax Church Road and Cedar Forest Elem?
Do any of you recall the hoopla over putting Cedar Forest Elementary on what some former and current supervisors believed was a dangerous road, without shoulders and some sharp curves.
I’ve driven that road numerous times, especially when the discussion about Elem. 17 was in its infancy. Former supervisor Vince Onorato would have vicious battles with School Board members, namely Gary Skinner, who eventually replaced Onorato on the Board of Supervisors and longtime Supervisor Emmitt Marshall.
Mr. Skinner argued that this was the best site for the elementary school. Mr. Onorato favored a 60-acre tract called the Greene Farm of Tidewater Trail that was surrounded by homes. That piece of property was very flat and inside a residential neighborhood.
The school system said this property had water table problems and a school could not be built on it. School officials also said the property owner, an elderly gentleman, did not want to sell and they did not want to use eminent domain.
Some improvements were made to the road, but last I saw in the archives, the road was never widened as originally proposed. Capital Projects Director Becky Golden would have more details, and I will try to find out what changes were made to the road since 2007.