Your coverage of the Athens-Clarke County Planning Commission vote to recommend denial of the planned development at 1140 Prince contained an erroneous assertion regarding the role played by CAPPA.
CAPPA - which brought together neighbors, businesses and institutional interests such as ARMC - at no time had a mission to fight anything. CAPPA's mission was to bring together various constituencies so that we might understand the many roles Prince Avenue plays in our lives and livelihoods, and to explore alternatives that might satisfy the needs of all parties.
The proposed development at 1140 Prince was never a consideration in the CAPPA process. By stating that our "first mission was to fight against the medical building," you have damaged what CAPPA is striving to accomplish: building on commonalities rather than taking sides for or against something.
Your article has done a great disservice to CAPPA's effort to build partnerships between business owners, the development community and surrounding neighborhoods.
Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Sunday, November 21, 2004