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Raleigh to Check Up on New Heliport

Posted September 18, 2007 4:20 p.m. EDT

— City officials said Tuesday that they plan to keep a close eye on a heliport that recently opened off Capital Boulevard.

The heliport has stirred up opposition from nearby residents in recent weeks. They contend that the business is operating outside of the permitted hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is running a school on the site.

A school wasn't part of the special-use permit approved for the site when the heliport opened, City Attorney Thomas McCormick told the City Council on Tuesday.

McCormick recommended that the council seek a formal opinion from the city zoning inspector as to whether a school is appropriate for the site. If the inspector says it isn't appropriate, the city could reopen the special-use permit for review, he said.

Raleigh police and inspectors also should keep tabs on when the heliport is operating to ensure it sticks to approved hours, McCormick said.

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