I second the Nov. 4 letter “This Sheetz OK?” asking the city of Raleigh why 24-hour gas stations sneak into existing residential neighborhoods with no real notice. According to city records, the Sheetz at Millbrook and Green roads, 0.3 miles west of Capital Boulevard (U.S. 1), was approved Sept. 10, 2012, soon after neighbors 1.4 miles east of U.S. 1 at New Hope and Buffaloe began their yearlong fight against a second store.
For anyone not familiar, Millbrook becomes New Hope as it crosses Capital. Two Sheetzes were proposed on the same street less than 2 miles from each other, with two existing Sheetz already open 4.5 miles north and south. Raleigh’s Future Land Use Map defines existing adjacent apartment complexes on Green Road as “High Density Residential.” They sit quietly on former soccer fields, buffered from U.S. 1 behind a mall, flanked by medium-density townhomes and low-density houses. Green Road Park, a community center and library anchor this neighborhood, one-half mile south of the new Sheetz. There are 54 bus stops within a one-mile walking radius.
The city was wrong to approve “Highway Retail” in this existing pedestrian-intensive “green” neighborhood. Raleigh needs to do better and provide smart growth for all.