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Property Near Carolina Crossroads in Zoning Dispute

Posted October 1, 2007

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— Halifax County is counting on the Carolina Crossroads theater for an economic boost, but not all surrounding property owners are happy about the new development.

Country music star Randy Parton, brother of Dolly Parton, is the linchpin for Carolina Crossroads – an entertainment hub that will feature live entertainment, retail shops and other prospective attractions.

The Chantilly Mobile Home Court sits between Quiet Circle and Peaceful Drive, next to Carolina Crossroads.

Chantilly owner Thomas Ferguson asked the Roanoke Rapids Board of Commissioners if he could change his property from a residential to a business zone. He wanted to build another storage facility and an office, but the city denied his request.

Ferguson claims the city is limiting how businesses around Carolina Crossroads grow.

“They got that little control and they're not going to let go of it,” Ferguson said.

“People legitimately are afraid (that) if they move in here, they won't be able to live here 10 to 15 years like some of my current residents,” Ferguson said.

City Planner George Gurley said officials are trying to watch out for all interests.

“They want to look after the little man as well as the big developer. All developers are important to us in the city,” Gurley said.

Gurley said commissioners recommended Ferguson apply for a conditional use permit. Gurley also said there are no favorites inside City Hall.

A spokesperson for Carolina Crossroads said it has numerous restrictions of its own under the city's entertainment district ordinance. When that ordinance was set up, guidelines were established to encourage orderly development in the area, said the spokesperson.

Still, some folks said they feel that if Carolina Crossroads expands, it will not benefit small-property owners.

"Swallowed up by restaurants and motels. If you notice, we got the motel coming,” Elton Gillikin, a Chantilly Court resident, said.

A Carolina Crossroads spokesperson said their developers have not approached any surrounding property owners about buying them out.

The city manager pointed out that neighbors are benefiting from Carolina Crossroads. In some cases, land is worth 30 times what it was before the theater opened.

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  • hdvoodooqueen Oct 2, 2007

    Don't believe everything you read on WRAL about the Crossroads...I live here and so far so good. As I said in an earlier post...what is the harm in this thing actually being SUCCESSFUL???? Until it's NOT, STOP IT!!!! We have had as many as 27,000 people here for a SINGLE show. Yes, the theatre and the amphitheatre are separate things, but still part of a PACKAGE. The theatre has had it's first afternoone show and one group brought in 12 tour buses...that's alot of people for an afternoon show. Unless you know of what you speak, DON'T.

  • FlSunshine Oct 2, 2007

    Go to the Carolina Crossroads website. They just had Gretchen Wilson and the Charlie Daniels Band. They had Willie Nelson, etc. last month. They have had Big and Rich. They are scheduling for next year and one name already mentioned is Jeff Foxworthy.

  • FlSunshine Oct 2, 2007

    Mr. Ferguson says he wants to build a storage facility and office but once he gets the change in zoning there is nothing to force him to build a storage facility and office. He could put any kind of business there including something that would not fit with the potential of the area. This is why the "powers that be" are leary about granting his request. They have offered a conditional use permit but he doesn't want to do that. Makes you think the City might be wise to have reservations about what his true intent is.

    Can you please tell me why WRAL never prints anything positive about Carolina Crossroads? They just had another show on the 24th at the amphitheater--20,000 people attended.

  • Rocknhorse Oct 2, 2007

    People move to an area b/c it offers what they like. WHY do others insist on coming in and trying to change it so drastically?

  • ladyblue Oct 2, 2007

    I too do not have much faith in randy parton. He's been hanging on Dolly's coat tail forever.

  • RC Oct 2, 2007

    When Randy Parton is your biggest name on the docket I wouldn't worry much about expansion. More like what are they going to do with the place when it goes under?

  • ghimmy47 Oct 2, 2007

    And so are tax evaluations...