My wife, three young children and I live in Rockhill, across a small street from the Rockhill Tennis Club. Daily, we play outside watching people come and go carrying rackets or ushering children dressed for the pool. The club fits in the neighborhood, as it has for 50 years.
The Nelson plans to reach over the 40-foot retaining wall at the Bloch Building and across four lanes of traffic on Rockhill Road into our single-family residential neighborhood to convert the home William Rockhill Nelson built for his daughter into private office space. Adding a sculpture garden to comply with existing codes would only draw more car and foot traffic into the neighborhood. This type of encroachment does not fit in a residential neighborhood.
The Nelson has represented that it will not renew the club’s lease under any circumstance and will leave the home vacant if necessary. It seems spiteful, but it is their right. They own the property and cannot be told what they must do with it, but this ordinance is needed to place limits on what they can do.
William Rockhill Nelson built this family neighborhood. His legacy should not be chipping away at it.