Raleigh Homeowners Say City Is Building Road On Land It Does Not Own
Posted October 26, 2001
RALEIGH — The Raleigh City Council is once again the target of an unhappy group of homeowners.
People living in the Harrington Grove community say that the city is building a road across land it does not own.
The city of Raleigh and developer Steven Eastman are building the road over Sycamore Creek to connect two subdivisions.
Not only does the city not own the property, but residents say that it has nearly destroyed the creek. Residents say that huge pipes that were laid in the creek six weeks ago are not low enough and are endangering the creek.
"According to the findings of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the pipes not laid deep enough into the creek and the aquatic life has been dying," says resident Jill Allen.
Neighborhood children have have been trying to save turtles, snakes and other animals that live in the water.
Councilman John Odom admits the city council thought it had the right to let the developer build the road. The city still wants the road built, but the residents are not giving permission. They say that they are concerned that the city will condemn the property and build the road anyway.