Neighbors upset by new storage facility in Five Points neighborhood
Posted November 14, 2016 6:30 p.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — Sunrise Avenue in Raleigh's Five Points neighborhood is not only a desirable address for residents, it is also prime business real estate.
Neighbors are upset because their neighborhood is changing. The quaint cottages face new owners who would rather tear down and rebuild.
Now, at the end of the street, there are the beginnings of what will be a five-story storage facility.
"I don't like it. I don't think anyone who lives here likes it," said Fred Vogel, who lives on Sunrise Avenue. "Nobody wants to walk out of their front door and see a monstrous building in their backyard."
The developer said he understands the neighbors’ concerns and wants to work with them.
"We have met with the neighborhood and are actively working on solutions to try to address their concerns," said Brad Minsley of 10 Federal.
Minsley said he will ask the city to consider adding speed bumps and no through truck signs to help ease the traffic on Sunrise Avenue.
The new storage facility will sit at the intersection of Sunrise Avenue and Carson Street, near a light industrial area that includes a train yard. Minsley said he will encourage his customers to use Carson Street, a wider road.
Minsley said he also plans to use landscaping to help hide some of the building.
"Now, we live with it I guess," said Vogel. "Nobody really saw it coming. I don't know that there is really any legal recourse, I would have loved to have a chance to petition to have that rezoned."
The developer said the property did not need any zoning changes, and that he has met twice with homeowners in hopes they can work together.