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751 South developer ready to move past controversy

Posted July 26, 2013
Updated July 28, 2013

— If all goes as planned, construction will begin a year from now on a plot of land in South Durham that will become the 751 South project.

The project was in limbo for more than five years as developers tried to find sewer and water service. The city of Durham turned them down. But early Friday morning the North Carolina General Assembly approved a bill forcing the annexation of the development into the city.

"I still don’t support the fact that the General Assembly is forcing the City of Durham to extend water and sewer to this project," Durham Mayor Bill Bell said.

He said given the circumstances, he doesn't have a problem with the bill because it holds the developer to certain requirements. Those include allowing the city to wait 10 years before annexing the project and requiring the developer to pay to widen southbound N.C. Highway 751.

The developer has also agreed to abide by a set of environmental rules to protect Jordan Lake.

Developer Alex Mitchell says he is ready to move past the controversy that has surrounded the project and improve the relationship with those in opposition.

"You put your best foot forward in the community. What’s left to do is execute," he said. "A lot of people are opposed to change, but hopefully when the change occurs, they’ll see the reality is not the disaster they thought it was going to be."

The developer would build the sewer and water lines, and those living there would pay twice the normal rates for those services.

After 10 years, 751 South would be annexed and residents would start paying taxes to the city.

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  • HockeyPlayerX Jul 30, 2013

    Funny how all of the "progressives" get all bent out of shape when there is actual progress.

  • jackflash123 Jul 29, 2013

    When the one side that is being objected to says he wants to move past the controversy, what he's really saying is that he wants to be able to do what he wants w/o any further criticism.

  • NC observer 07 Jul 26, 2013

    The Republicans favor small government. Apparently not in North Carolina. I've never seen anywhere before where a state passes laws that requires cities to follow. (Durham 751, Charlotte the airport and Ashville water utilities)2014 can't come soon enough! I want this activist state legislature gone!

  • sjb2k1 Jul 26, 2013

    the party of limited government...telling more of us what to do.

  • oleguy Jul 26, 2013

    Just what Durham and 751 needs,,, I feel sorry for the people close by