City: Second Love Grove access won't come quick or cheap

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington leaders have been looking for a second way in and out of the Love Grove community for decades.

A June train derailment that cut the neighborhood off proved the need again.

Leaders say they have a couple of options: Work with CSX or act alone.

The city says CSX and the NC Department of Transportation will not get involved until CSX does a road study. That could take more than a year.

"It's not a quick fix. It's two to three years even if we were to make a decision today," Mayor Bill Saffo said. "I think what Councilman (Kevin) O'grady shared with us today is the commitment this council has got to make is are we willing to start appropriating the money to make that second access?"

Leaders say years ago there was a plan to make a second access from One Tree Hill Way. That plan would have cost the city up to $6 million. Leaders say no solution will be quick or cheap.

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Connectivity is a requirement for any subdivision plot plan submitted to the the county technical review committee after 1996.
The problem with this community is the age, not the county or the original developer. If fire services see a need for correction of this situation to protect lives and property then the proper consideration should be given, if it is one of those situations that it would be nice to have but not necessary then I would have to say the residents chose to live here knowing there is only one way in or out and to deal with it.

This is what happens when you don't require developers make proper connections and install adequate infrastructure; the tax payer is going to be on the hook in the long run. It's much cheaper to install the proper road connections, sidewalks, and other infrastructure needs up front then to have to try and do it after the fact.

Other communities have figured this out and are better for it.

Or not, just keep doing things the same way, it's work well so far.

Really? Because of a once in a life time event, we need to put in a second access to Love Grove. How about all the other neighborhoods in Wilmington. Gasoline tankers ride by these places everyday; who knows they may wreck and right in front of my neighborhood that, by the way only has one way out. Or better yet what if I lived in a neighborhood with two ways out. Who's to say that both accesses arent't blocked. Get a grip people. It is crazy to spend the taxpayers money on a second access when there is never a problem 99 percent of the time. Get real.