After rejecting a developer's proposal, submitted an hour before a deadline last week, for correcting a city lighting code violation in a town house development, Alexandria officials this week said they have now worked out an acceptable plan.
Barbara B. Beach, assistant city attorney, said the approved proposal specifies that outdoor lights will be installed on poles in common areas of the Shuters Hill development.
The plan offered by Sonny DeCesaris and Sons Builders Inc. of Clinton last week was "unacceptable" because it did not meet conditions contained in the builder's planned unit development agreement with the city, said Beach. It would have meant exchanging lighting fixtures already installed on outside walls of homes and illuminating common areas for lights that would comply with the city code but would not meet terms of the development plan, she said.
Beach said she imposed a deadline after the DeCesaris company failed to abide by earlier agreements to submit lighting plans, and said she would file a lawsuit if the firm did not meet the Aug. 31 deadline.
The developer said "he was going to order light poles and lights" this week, said the DeCesaris company's attorney, Robert A. Payne of Alexandria. Payne said he did not know when the installation would be completed.
Shuters Hill resident William F. Whitsitt, who is suing DeCesaris in disputes over control of the homeowners association, said residents want lighting that is "aesthetically compatible to what's there now. I assume we will hear from the planning department and the city manager's office" about the approved plan. Some lights on poles already exist in the development.