Park proposal draws ire

Dec. 05, 2012 @ 01:21 AM

 Residents who live near a proposed business park site say they want more input before city officials move forward with the proposal.
At its regular meeting on Monday, the High Point City Council heard protests from property owners in the Colfax area regarding a proposal for developing the High Point North Industrial Center business park near Interstate 40. The property is bordered by I-40, S. Bunker Hill Road, Sandy Ridge Road and Boylston Road.
On Nov. 19, the council made annexation of the site effective in six months, provided that the city reaches an agreement with the developer. City officials said they are close to doing this, but one looming issue is the city’s cost of providing infrastructure for the project. The proposed agreement obligates the city to make $13 million in various road, water and sewer improvements.
Jimmy Morgan, a resident of Colfax, presented the council with photos of an injured black lab.
“Two weeks ago, that black lab was attacked by a pack of coyotes. His vet bills will probably amount to about $2,500,” he said. “When development pushes wildlife into residential areas, this is what you will see. The little fellow there (in the photo) is my grandson, and he lives there, and he could’ve been back there. It’s a reality that people don’t seem to want to recognize.”
Another Colfax resident, Brian Hannon, said council members should hear what the people have to say.
“You are the council that passed this, even though the planning and zoning commission turned it down, and I think that’s a travesty,” he said. “You did not listen to a planning and zoning commission that is telling you the problems are there, and you did it anyway. I want to make sure my voice is heard.”
In other business, the council voted 6-2 not to reappoint Cynthia Davis as the Ward 3 representative of the planning and zoning commission. Mike Pugh and Foster Douglas were the dissenting votes. Pugh also presented a resolution as a resident to honor African Americans lost in World War I and World War II. Also the council approved a $156,706.50 three-year contract with Microsoft Enterprise Enrollment Agreement to authorize staff to enter into an agreement with Dell for the purchase of Microsoft products.
The council also approved a request to authorize staff to execute a supplemental agreement with the N.C. Department of Transportation for intersection and railroad crossing improvements on Hoskins Street at Gordon and Washington streets.
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