Protesters rally against proposed Carrboro store

May 2, 2012 9:00:00 PM PDT
Dozens of people in Orange County protested another chain store that wants to move into Carrboro Thursday evening.

Earlier this year, protesters made their voices heard about a planned CVS drug store. Now, they have targeted a Family Dollar.

Protesters marched from the site of the proposed store, which is currently a heavily wooded area with a stream.

Developers want to build the 8,100 square foot store within steps of a small residential community.

"Those hundred plus trees, those mature trees are going to be cut down," said protester Catherine Adamson. "They're going to pave it over and turn it into a parking lot, and loading dock, and dumpsters 20 feet from my neighbor's window."

After the march, protesters joined a Carrboro advisory board to hear more about the proposed store.

The project's developer said they will use green building materials, minimize the building's effects on the area, and plant trees.

"We've used evergreen plantings, Virginia pines, and camellias," said developer William Stronach. "We've chosen those because they grow densely."

Residents near the proposed store said they fear it would rip apart one of the only historically-black areas of Carrboro.

"Take it to an appropriate location," said protester Anissa McLendon. "We have three strip malls here in Carrboro that have open spaces. Put it there, but don't come into a neighborhood and put a big business."

The next step in the process for the proposed Family Dollar will be a public hearing in front of another board on May 16.

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