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Durham County OKs sewer service for controversial development

Posted July 24, 2012 2:29 p.m. EDT

— The controversial 751 South development in southern Durham County cleared a big hurdle Monday night when the county Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to provide sewer service to the project.

Plans call for 1,300 homes and up to 600,000 square feet of retail and office space in the development near the intersection of N.C. Highway 751 and Fayetteville Road, near the Durham-Chatham county line.

The county approved the project two years ago, but a lawsuit by neighbors and other impediments have stalled it since then.

Opponents are worried about traffic and congestion and fear 751 South would pollute nearby Jordan Lake and harm the rural landscape. Meanwhile, supporters say the project would bring jobs to the area, expand Durham County's tax base and allow for two new schools to be built.

The Durham City Council in February turned down the developer's request to extend water and sewer lines to 751 South, so the county will now oversee the sewer line, which the developer will finance.

Commissioner Ellen Reckhow was the lone vote against the plan.

The developer also is looking at drilling wells on site for water.