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Neighbors fight proposed expansion by Raleigh quarry

Posted December 14, 2010 5:32 p.m. EST
Updated December 14, 2010 6:39 p.m. EST

— People who live near a rock quarry off Duraleigh Road in northwest Raleigh say they are concerned about plans to expand the site.

Residents of the Delta Ridge subdivision have posted signs in their yards and launched a website to express their opposition to Hanson Aggregates' plan. The company is seeking city approval to rezone 100 acres from residential to industrial use.

"You've got vibrations that we feel regularly. In fact, in our home, things have fallen down from the blasting," said Ricky Stevens, president of the Delta Ridge Homeowners Association.

"So, all of a sudden, to have an expansion that is going to come up within 150 feet of the back row of our townhomes is very disturbing for our residents," Stevens said. "When they come closer, the blasting is going to come closer, and that's going to affect us even more."

Sig Hutchinson, a community advocate who backs Hanson's plans, said the expansion would benefit the area. The company plans to extend the Crabtree Greenway through the site to Umstead State Park, add 50 parking spaces for park visitors, create a nine-acre nature preserve and allow the city to use the quarry for flood control, he said.

"This is really a win-win situation for the community – a rare opportunity to put some things to rest, to solve some of the city's problems, to benefit the citizens," Hutchinson said.

The expansion proposal was expected to be discussed at a Northwest/Umstead Citizen Advisory Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Korean Baptist Church, on Ray Road.