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Petition against proposed north Raleigh strip mall gains steam

Posted January 8, 2014

— A petition seeking to block the rezoning of a site along Falls of Neuse Road in north Raleigh for a strip mall has picked up momentum in recent weeks.

Charlotte-based developer Morgan Property Group last week submitted a proposal to the city to rezone the 12-acre site at the intersection of Falls of Neuse and Dunn roads to allow construction of a 50,000-square-foot supermarket, several smaller stores and a bank.

The rezoning request will likely be heard by Raleigh officials in March.

About 2,000 residents of the nearby Bedford, Falls River, River Oaks, Wood Spring, Whittington and Oakcroft subdivisions have in recent weeks signed a petition against the move, saying it's too much retail in a residential area.

"We always expected that (site) to be developed. It was part of the plan, the master plan," homeowner Mike O'Sullivan said. "But not the way they're approaching it now. This is very discouraging."

Morgan Property's proposal would clear-cut the wooded site and pave a parking lot for 350 cars.

"That's going to destroy the whole look of our community and create a lot of traffic," O'Sullivan said.

Homeowners insisted that they aren't a bunch of NIMBYs, saying they want a smaller development that fits with surrounding neighborhoods. They note that five supermarkets are already within 3 miles of the site.

"We're not anti-development, nor are we anti-Publix," said Stacy Cashin, referring to the supermarket chain rumored to be opening a store on the site. "This is not the right site for a grocery store the same size as a Harris Teeter."

Cashin said she would prefer a development like the nearby Shoppes at Bedford.

"Small, local businesses, limited hours, fits within the design of the neighborhood," she said.

Jeff Surrency, a spokesman for Morgan Property, said the site plan is still taking shape, and he asked that neighbors to give the developer "ample opportunity" to present a clear plan and address their concerns.

"Let's do it smartly. Let's do it intelligently," Cashin said. "If you get push back because people don't want a large-format grocery store right across the street or in their backyard, then let's work with the city to get something that does work."


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  • Krimson Jan 9, 2014

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    Ownership of the land isn't in question - ie its not "conservative" or "liberal". And for all we know, building the store may increase value...

    But as a "Conservative", I would think Conservatives would value an Individual's Rights more than a corporations??? Or are you are saying that you favor corporate forces ignoring the Individuals and their opinions on how they develop their community?

  • Spartacus Jan 9, 2014

    Some people do not understand. When this area was first developed, Raleigh laid out a plan with rules as to what could be built. This grocery store does not meet the requirements that were agreed to at the time. That is why they must request the zoning change. I totally agree with the people who live here. They should not allow this to happen.

  • nascar33 Jan 9, 2014

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    Well for one thing, as a "Conservative" the property in question isn't theirs. And as for property values, I doubt a passing a grocery store on the way into the area will make any difference in the values.

  • Earth Brooks Jan 9, 2014

    If the shopping center doesn't move in something else will eventually. Might be a good location for an outdoor shooting range, or maybe a mega church with a 4 story parking deck. Or a Sheetz station. Better take the grocery store while they still have THAT option!

  • Honesty first Jan 9, 2014

    How about a grocery Boy Jr? IS that small enough?

  • AloneInMyPrinciples Jan 9, 2014

    wow, how much more obvious can you make it? just say you want a Trader Joe's.

  • Whiskey4one Jan 9, 2014

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    I was of the mindset that Kroger was leasing rather than owning the space based on a conversation I had with one of the petition seekers whom I assumed had more knowledge on the situation than me - he's the one who mentioned that. I honestly don't know what the status is, but assuming it was leased (as was implied), even if Kroger still has the lease, there are always termination clauses, and I'm sure Publix could pay the lessor to break the lease and that would be significantly less than what they'll have to pay on a brand new space.

  • Krimson Jan 9, 2014

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    Good idea, but Kroger bought HT... Presumable, Kroger still owns (or has the lease) on the old Kroger space. Why would Kroger allow their competitor (Publix) to move in across the street from their new purchase (Harris Teeter)???

  • Mon Account Jan 9, 2014

    Publix. Yuck.

    Only operates in states with restrictive marriage laws and gets a zero rating from the HRC (probably because they are one of the only Fortune 1000's to not fill out the survey because "they don't have time").

    In 2000, the company paid $10.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against its employees.

    Three years earlier, they paid out $81.5 million to 150,000 women who accused the chain of giving them dead-end, low-paying jobs.

    Do you want that type of business in your community? Do you want to funnel profits out of state or keep them here? Raleigh deserves better.

  • Whiskey4one Jan 9, 2014

    There is a perfectly good, completely empty, and relatively new gigantic grocery store shell up at New Falls and Capital where the Kroger used to be, directly across the street from the new Harris Teeter. Publix needs to go there.

    There is no plan for traffic mitigation. The frontage on Falls of Neuse is too short for an entrance, forcing the entrance to be on Dunn which can barely handle the traffic it already has. Bad, bad plan.