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Homeowners fight to keep Publix out of Chatham County neighborhood

Posted June 15

— Chatham County officials are prepared to get pushback at a public hearing Monday night.

A Charlotte-based developer, Morgan Property Group, plans to build a retail center on 27 acres of land between a neighborhood and U.S. 15-501, but neighbors on Polks Landing Road are not happy.

The anchor tenant is expected to be a Publix grocery store.

"The peacefulness, the quietness, and all that brings the wildlife will be gone," said Monica Fleming. "We love trees."

In its application, Morgan Property Group says "the need for goods and services" is growing as more neighborhoods mushroom along U.S. 15-501, a major artery between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro.

"Part of our concern is we've already got a Harris Teeter, a Lowe's Foods, a Walmart - all within a very short distance, under a mile," said Darren Hunicutt.

It says the site was chosen because of its ideal location on the southbound, or the "going-home," side of the highway.

Last year, protests from Pinehurst prompted developers to include a conservation easement in plans for a store in neighboring Southern Pines. The concerns of residents in Polks Landing are familiar ones- traffic and treeless views.

"Who is going to want to buy a house looking at a loading dock and garbage cans and a shopping center?," said Nannette Atkinson, who has lived in the area for 10 years.

The developer says it can create buffers. But the neighbors aren't so sure beauty and the big box can live in harmony.


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  • Eric Bolesh Jun 16, 11:21 a.m.
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    The article skirts the most important points: The developer is trying to rezone just enough residential parcels to jam in a shopping plaza. Their plan is to tear down homes to put in stores across the street from an existing grocery store and plaza – instead of using nearby land that’s already commercially zoned. It’s not about being prissy and stopping development. It’s about stopping the destruction of an existing neighborhood just so an out-of-town developer can make money in the exact spot they want to make money.

  • Quid Malmborg Jun 16, 10:43 a.m.
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    "Is there a special Constitutional amendment/provision that gives these "special" people extra feelings protection?"

    Why do you ask, because there's no special Constitutional amendment/provision for "special" people like yourself? You've got your own school buses and classrooms already, what more do you want?

  • Lori De Stefano Jun 16, 8:13 a.m.
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    Nothing about being prissy John, they live out there because they prefer being in an area that doesn't have 45 grocery stores 10ft from each other.

    How many grocery stores do we need? Really? Publix's is expensive. They all just come and invade and create more of a problem than anything.

  • Rudy Bizzell Jun 16, 6:52 a.m.
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    I bet the people that lived near there years ago thought the same thing when they were going to surrounded by new construction

  • Kiara Babel Jun 16, 5:27 a.m.
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    I agree with the home owners. They have good argument,I would fight to protect my home value.

  • Jeffrey Derry Jun 15, 10:10 p.m.
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    #Publix we welcome you in Granville County ! Come here !

  • John Lobenstein Jun 15, 9:15 p.m.
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    BUT it's okay for these prissy prissies to drive to other people's neighborhoods, clog their street, spew pollution from their vehicles, and otherwise impose themselves on others.

    Is there a special Constitutional amendment/provision that gives these "special" people extra feelings protection?