Comments from the Croman Mill Open House
January 12, 2022

LISTENING STATION 1: Walk, Bike, Recreate, Connect

  • Looks very progressive - will this be done?

  • Massive anchor tenant?

  • EMF free and radiation free zone? Cell towers - too many already

  • Safe environment for everyone

  • Tap into natural springs

  • Cell towers and COVID vaccines are killing kids. The UN is trying to create a new world order and at the local level they are convincing people with words like "sustainable," "resiliency" etc.

LISTENING STATION 2: Workplaces and Makerspaces

  • Consider expansion of makerspace area (more of it)

  • Be careful about construction access and impact on the existing street network

  • Consider putting the industrial component near the rail

  • Consider larger industrial blocks not bisected by the road

LISTENING STATION 3: Health and Wellness

  • Concern about Tolman getting overloaded with traffic

  • Concern about fire evacuation path

  • Siskiyou was narrowed in North Ashland - that is a problem for fire access

LISTENING STATION 4: Homes for All Stages and Needs

  • Traffic impact on Tolman Creek Road?

  • Height of buildings - how many stories?

  • Timeline - when and how long?

LISTENING STATION 5: Zoom Chat Questions and Comments 

  • How will traffic  be addressed at the intersection of Mistletoe and Tolman Creek and Takelma Way? (Alice)

  • Very thorough and visionary work - thank you for ALL the groundwork you have done in advance! On traffic, be sure to include emergency egress, when the big fire comes. (Paul Sheldon)

  • As well as [traffic] on Siskiyou Boulevard and Tolman and at the Ashland Street / Tolman Creek Road? (Trina Sanford)

  • This has been a very exciting endeavor. Will the project be totally electric and are there provisions for solar? (Linda Peterson Adams)

  • I didn't see much parking - how many bedrooms in the whole neighborhood? If we figure 1.5 cars per bedroom, where are all the parkign places? (Paul Sheldon)

  • Will you ask them if they can make available the PowerPoint presentation? [It is on the Croman Mill page of this website.] (Leslie Lanes / David Wolske)

  • You didn't see parking because there isn't any (Trina Sanford)

  • Will there be electric car charging stations? (Linda Peterson Adams)

  • Neighborhood retail is really difficult to develop until there is enough housing to support it. What strategies do you have to build retail early in the project (Lauren Waterton) 

  • Will fishing be allowed in the pond on Siskiyou in the park? (Gilbert Martinez III)

  • Has the property already been purchased? (Leslie Lanes / David Wolske)

  • Please tell us about garden plots, FireWise native plants and pollinator gardens to attract insects and birds. Will you have plans for people with domestic cats? Can they all be inside with creative catios (patios for cats)? (Sooney Viani)

  • How to reach you after tonight? [Please use the contact button at the top of the page.] (David Wick)

  • How will bellview school be supported with the growth of students? (Trina Sanford)

  • Can you let us know the cost range for the workforce housing? (Councilor DuQuenne)

  • How many total housing units are included in the current version of the development? (Ben Bellinson)

  • Any carsharing options? (Linda Peterson Adams)

  • How are you going to address parking in front of the residential that is already on Mistletoe? (Leah Weber)

  • Mistletoe is not a City of Ashland road (Trina Sanford)

  • Parents and kids can ride bikes to Bellview Elementary School? (Sooney Viani)

  • Have you given any thought to Scandinavian-style neighborhood heating and cooling and/or neighborhood solar / geothermal? (Paul Sheldon)

  • Will there be CC&Rs to limit the number of cars, cats and dogs? (Paul Sheldon)

  • There appears to be such a density of buildings. How abotu community garden spaces? (Leslie Lanes / David Wolske)

  • Being that you don't live here... a majority of us need cars (big ones) to carry our outdoor gear and ids to the mountains, lakes etc. (Trina Sanford) 

  • ADUs greatly increase the number of cars/parking (Paul Sheldon)

  • Will buildings be all electric? You mentioned geothermal, are you thinking of district heading/cooling options? Solar facilities and battery storage? (Bob Kaplan)

  • Is the railroad aware of this development? (Trina Sanford)

  • You mentioned small footprint homes and affordable housing. What does that mean? (Bob Kaplan)

  • Seems like you folks are genuinely interested in many community features and have anticipated a lot - thank you! (Paul Sheldon)

  • What is the timeframe for development and who pays for the infrastructure needed? (Martin Sailar)

  • How many total bedrooms, including ADUs? (Paul Sheldon)

  • When might this project start? (Deneice)

  • How many total housing units are in the current draft? (Bob Bellinson)

  • How many residents will this hold at full buildout? (Deneice)

  • You folks have done a huge amount of advance design and planning, with many, many compassionate features. Well done! Thank you for all your work - clearly you aspire to contribute positively to the whole community. Thank you! (Paul Sheldon)

  • 500 residences. So somewhere between 700 and 1,000 parking spaces needed? (Paul Sheldon)

  • PLus handicap parking (Trina Sanford)

  • What sort of environmental work will be done to heal the Croman Mill site? (Deneice)

  • Any chance for another railroad crossing to relieve Tolman Creek Road congestion? (Martin Sailar)

  • Reminds me - swales? Planning for percolation fields? (Paul Sheldon)

  • The city likes concrete $$$ (Trina Sanford)

  • How much to buy> not rent. Price per sf? (Trina Sanford)

  • Scandinavian-style neighborhood-scale/district heating/cooling/solar/geothermal? (Paul Sheldon)

  • Really like the green look to this project. And I am really pleased that the twenty is plenty idea making it safe for all modes of travel. (Linda Peterson Adams) 

  • Can you share who is putting up the initial money pre-financing? (Paul Sheldon)

  • Soft curbs and borders? (Paul Sheldon)

  • Thank you, very helpful. (David Wick)

  • How about greywater recirculating/reuse? (Steve and Leda Shapiro)

  • Where will the water run off to? TID ditch? (Trina Sanford)

  • If you don't mind sharing your email with me, I'd love to stay in touch - clearly you folks are sincere about engagement and inclusiveness - very refreshing! (Paul Sheldon)

  • Another railroad crossing to relieve Tolman Creek Road congestion? (Martin Sailar) 

  • Who covers the cost of environmental mitigation? (Deneice)

  • What about getting a railroad spur and carrying the material out by rail, or even in by rail? (Linda Peterson Adams)

  • But it will certainly impact it! (Trina Sanford)

  • Neighborhood recycling/collection center? (Paul Sheldon)

  • It's probably too late, but consider placing some of the makerspace zoning along the railroad for future access/egress/shipping in.out? (Paul Sheldon)

  • Has any thought been given to what might be done in the community building? I would like to see a large building with artist space, a community woodshop, gallery space where the community can come together, a small venue too. (Steve and Leda Shapiro)

  • All electric buildings so no methane? Solar facilities and batteries (eventually?) (Bob Kaplan)

  • Neighborhood-scale composting is much-needed! (Paul Sheldon)

  • How is the current residence property going to be secure from public parking (Leah Weber)

  • It would be great to ensure that some of the community gathering spaces have spring hardwood floors like the Bellview Grange! (Paul Sheldon)

  • Induction cooktops are better than gas and no indoor air pollution (Bob Kaplan)

  • Yes to induction cooktops - more energy-efficient too! (Paul Sheldon)

  • We are concerned about the effect of this on downtown business (Steve and Leda Shapiro)

  • Will you be putting the info you got from the Bellview participants on the website? [Yes - see above!] (Linda Peterson Adams)

  • How about electric shuttle to downtown? (Steve and Leda Shapiro)

  • Thank you so much for the presentation. Very comprehensive. Good work Michael in the rapid fire answers! (Leslie Lanes/David Wolske)