Linwood Council had just moved to Tingen Road in the mid-1980s when a man from the DOT told him of plans for a new freeway that would run right through his pretty new house.
The I-540 path later shifted a bit to the west. Council will lose a tiny corner of his 32 acres when the state builds a cloverleaf interchange for I-540 and U.S. 1.
Apex planners envision the U.S. 1 interchange as a major employment center ringed with offices and manufacturing. Tingen Road is an unpaved country lane between Apex and Holly Springs. The only commercial sign advertises Mule City Horse Feed, which Council sells from his home.
Council and his neighbors depend on private wells and septic tanks. Property values began to rise a few years ago after some land in the neighborhood was sold for $25,000 an acre.
"Of course, I wouldn't sell my land for that," Council says.
If I-540 is built, Apex will have to extend water and sewer lines into the area to support its plans for heavy commercial development. Council says he is in no hurry to sell his land, but he recognizes that his land could become valuable as the new freeway brings about changes on Tingen Road.
"It could make it to where I might not want to live here," he says. "We are happy out here, but you know, you can't turn down but so much."