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North Raleigh residents sour to proposed shopping center

Posted June 9, 2015

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— Some North Raleigh residents do not want a supermarket in their neighborhood.

Developers presented a site plan for grocery and retail space at Old Leesville Road and Strickland Road to residents Tuesday night.

In a 46-13 vote, residents were against the plan.

“We are concerned about heavy traffic that will be generated by these retail stores,” resident Allan Johnston said. “We’re concerned about noise and light polution.”

Erica Emerson was supportive of the plan.

“Traffic will be dispersed from the Harris Teeter and Food Lion and what not, but as far as the quality of life, I don’t think it’s going to change their quality of life,” she said.

Residents said they believe developers would like to place a Publix in the shopping center, but supermarket officials said they do not comment on new locations before a lease is signed.

Developers have submitted a rezoning request for the plan, which still requires a staff review and traffic impact studies.

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  • Lori De Stefano Jun 10, 2015
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    Is there really a need for another overpriced grocery store? Publix's prices are worse than Harris Teeter

  • La'King Henry Jun 10, 2015
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    newslash--- just because you don't live in the boonies, doesn't mean you live downtown

  • La'King Henry Jun 10, 2015
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    They complain they don't want a shopping center near them, then complain if they have to drive more than 1 mile to shop

  • Sara Hauser Jun 10, 2015
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    if you don't like traffic,move to the styx.

  • Anthony Snark Jun 10, 2015
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    Not everyone is in their 20s and wants to live in downtown. Not everyone's jobs are in downtown and so they have to drive to them. Also, people switch jobs and their drive changes. I used to have a very short drive to my job when it was in north Raleigh, now I have to drive to Cary.

  • Mark Hubbard Jun 10, 2015
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    Amazing double standard. Think about all the traffic these people generate in other people's neighborhoods because they live in the farthest flung suburban neighborhoods and have to drive really far to get anywhere.

  • Joe Greathouse Jun 10, 2015
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    Publix is a much better alternative than high-density apartments, which would make congestion even worse than retail development might.

    While I understand the concerns of some about retail development, high-density apartment development on that tract is, IMO, a much worse alternative.

  • Anthony Snark Jun 10, 2015
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    I'm surprised. That parcel is not very big and there is a Harris teeter and other stores right there.

  • Thomas White Jun 10, 2015
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    Since this is a "newer" neighborhood you might wonder what people who had lived in the "country" thought when their development was built.

    I would suggest when the city allows new development in an already established neighborhood, if the area needs to be rezoned, that they require larger setbacks. I have no problem with the current setbacks when you are building similar to what is already there, but some areas of the triangle developers are building so close to the roads that if roads need to be widened in the future it will come from the established side of the road and not the developers side.

  • Fourtyseven Cole Jun 10, 2015
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    As close as those houses are to each other...how can further light pollution be a problem? I've really n ever understood the whole NIMBY mentality when it comes to new retail space...