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Raleigh City Council Approves Bickett Place Project

Posted April 3, 2002 7:21 a.m. EST

— The Five Points neighborhood in Raleigh is about to change over residents' objections. The Raleigh City Council approved the Bickett Place Development project on Tuesday.

The City Council approved the Bickett Place town houses proposal 7-1. City leaders and developer Michael White reached a compromise to build 21 town houses on two acres of land carved out of several back yards in the Five Points neighborhood.

The city council has approved 16 units per building, which will stand 27 feet. Homeowners like Laura Kleber do not support the size of the project the city will allow.

"A lot of these are just your run-of-the-mill town houses stuck in the middle of the back yard. They bear no characteristic to what currently is a single, simple one-story bungalow neighborhood and older-established neighborhood," she said.

Neighbors have led a spirited fight against this development for the past nine months. They said that they will not rule out a lawsuit to stop the project.

"That certainly is possible to appeal the decision, because it does basically go against the city code. So we have reason to believe there are grounds for appeal," said resident Garfield Karpiak.

Councilman Kieran Shanahan cast the only vote against the project. He said he was not included in the negotiations.