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Developer drops plans for controversial Raleigh shopping center

Posted May 11, 2015

A Charlotte developer has abandoned plans to build a supermarket-anchored shopping center in north Raleigh that nearby residents opposed.
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— A Charlotte developer has abandoned plans to build a supermarket-anchored shopping center in north Raleigh that nearby residents opposed.

Morgan Property Group had worked for two years to rezone a 12-acre site at the intersection of Falls of Neuse and Dunn roads to accommodate a 49,000-square-foot supermarket, several smaller shops and a bank.

Florida-based Publix, which opened its first Triangle-area store in Cary last fall, was widely rumored to be the anchor for the project.

Residents pushed back, however, gathering thousands of signatures on petitions opposed to the rezoning. They argued that the shopping center would bring too much traffic and adverse environmental impacts to their residential area.

Raleigh officials worked with Morgan Property to scale down the center to a 29,000-square-foot shopping center early this year, but the developer said Monday that all plans are now off the table and it is dropping its rezoning petition.

“We negotiated both a reduction of the overall square footage of the project and a reduction in the anchor space," Trey Morgan, president of Morgan Property, said in a statement. "Nevertheless, an increasingly bitter and hostile climate has made it impossible to properly engage the community at large and, in our view, for City Council to weigh the merits of the case. As we have said from the beginning of the process, we have never wanted to pit neighbor against neighbor. We believe it truly unfortunate that special interests have dominated the process from the beginning and that our project was slandered from the initial stages."

Morgan said the scaled-down plan would have produced less traffic than a development under the site's current zoning, so he said the neighborhood "will have to live with continued uncertainty about the future of these parcels."

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  • David Cox May 16, 2015
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    The rezoning case finally ended with a determination by City Council that the proposed rezoning was out scale and out of character with the neighborhoods and surrounding area, that the rezoning was inappropriate for a watershed protection area, and generated too much traffic for the area roads and neighborhood streets. A 21 minute video of the complete hearing is available on YouTube at http://youtu.be/aa5B9S5k3rg

  • Sherrill Craig May 11, 2015
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    That's a bummer. I wanted the PUBLIX at that location. I think it would have been a winner. Silly NIMBY's.

  • Kevin Oliver May 11, 2015
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    You can build a Publix in Brier Creek. We'll take it if the NIMBY's on Falls don't want it! Anything is better than Lowe's Foods!

  • Pete Knowles May 11, 2015
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    A store was planned in this spot since the plans for the neighborhood were drawn up. The residents knew a long time ago that this was slated. It's like folks that move in near the airport wanting the RDU Airport Authority to change flight plans.

  • Adul Siler May 11, 2015
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    If it were a Trader Joes or Some other prissy store they wouldn't fight it.

  • Sammy Macloud May 11, 2015
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    GOOD! Stores are sitting empty all over th place.....use THEM

  • Dana McCall May 11, 2015
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    A Publix sure would go well near the Six Forks/Wake Forest Rd. intersection (hmm hmmp)

  • Paul Donovan May 11, 2015
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    And I always thought it was tough to start businesses in Cary !