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Residents speak out against proposed north Raleigh strip mall

Posted October 7, 2014 6:20 a.m. EDT
Updated October 7, 2014 9:05 p.m. EDT

A developer plans to convert a plot of land at Falsl of Neuse and Dunn roads into a shopping center.

— More than 100 residents attended a Raleigh Planning Commission meeting Tuesday morning to express concern over how the city plans to rezone a site along Falls of Neuse Road in north Raleigh for a strip mall.

Charlotte-based developer Morgan Property Group submitted a proposal to the city in 2013 to rezone the 12-acre site at the intersection of Falls of Neuse and Dunn roads to allow construction of a 50,000-square-foot Publix supermarket, several smaller stores and a bank.

About 3,400 residents of the nearby Bedford, Falls River, River Oaks, Wood Spring, Whittington and Oakcroft subdivisions have signed a petition against the rezoning, saying it's too much retail in a residential area. They have also expressed about traffic and the potential impact on the watershed area.

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane suggested Monday that developers and neighbors go to mediation to help resolve outstanding issues surrounding the proposed project.

At the 9 a.m. meeting, the Planning Commission heard from staff, who said the project would result in some intersections receiving a failing grade unless turn lanes are added.

The City Council has final say over the rezoning. A hearing date has not yet been set.

Meanwhile, Publix plans to open its first area store Oct. 29 in Cary, at the intersection of Davis Drive and High House Road.