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Neighbors oppose Carrboro Family Dollar store

Posted May 3, 2012 9:54 p.m. EDT
Updated May 3, 2012 11:25 p.m. EDT

— Dozen of neighbors surrounding the future site of a Family Dollar store in Carrboro marched to a town meeting Thursday to voice their opposition to the project.

Developer Will Stronach, of Stronach Properties, said the 8,000-square-foot store will be built on Alabama Avenue, near the intersection of Jones Ferry Road and Highway 54.

He said the company has already made several changes to the original plans to make the store more neighborhood friendly, including adding trees to the landscaping and brick and siding to create a softer look.

"We think we have a good site," Stronach said. "It's going to be an attractive site."

But people who live in the 13 houses on Alabama Avenue say they're worried about noise and traffic that will come with the store.

"Concrete, dumpsters and a high volume retail facility," said resident Katherine Adamson.

Anissa McLendon's lot sits directly next to the site. She said she's "lost a lot of sleep" over the construction project.

The neighborhood, she said, is one of the last predominantly minority areas in Carrboro.

At a town advisory board meeting Thursday, McLendon urged town leaders not to put the store next to her home of 20 years.

"Show us some respect. This is our neighborhood," she said.