by Eric Ginsburg
In a letter sent to UNCG earlier this month, the Greater Glenwood Neighborhood Association called for conflict-resolution mediation with the university, alleging that “UNCG has not collaborated with us in good faith.”
In the Jan. 11 letter to UNCG Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Charles Maimone, the association says it voted unanimously at its January meeting to invoke a mediation clause in the memorandum of understanding between the university and its southern neighbor.
The clause provides that UNCG will pay for a neutral, third-party mediator in the event of an unresolved conflict between the school and the neighborhood, according to the letter.
UNCG is in the midst of a multi-year expansion into the Glenwood neighborhood, a diverse residential community that lies directly to the south of the school. UNCG’s push into the neighborhood — which includes student housing and a hotly contested new student rec center — has long been opposed by some residents, students and university employees.
It is unclear from the letter exactly where the conflict arises, but the letter claims that the neighborhood has “communicated a number of breaches of the MOU to various representatives of UNCG, but they have not been addresses or rectified.”
The letter is signed by the association’s president, vice president, secretary and the leader of the design delegation. According to Elizabeth Keathley, the association president who provided the letter to Triad City Beat, Maimone responded asking for “a complete list of what we regard as violations, and we haven’t sent that yet,” but added that the association has a meeting with UNCG’s chancellor this Friday.