With all but one member present, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen voted 6-0 Tuesday night to approve a shopping center on 501 S. Greensboro St.
Members of the public spoke before the vote. Carrboro shop keeper Sharon Collins, who lives across from the site, remains concerned about how the development will affect her property’s value as well as the potential danger of having a traffic roundabout in front of her house at the bottom of a hill.
A suggestion from the board that an appraiser be hired to determine if her property value would decrease so the company could make up the difference was met with criticism. Resident Robin Koonce asked the town to do the same for her house, and board member Bethany Chaney called the idea a “slippery slope.”
Bryan Kileff, a member of the development company Woodhill, Inc. LLC, also spoke.
“We thought, ‘Well, this would be a really worthwhile project.’ Well, I was obviously hopelessly naïve,” he told the aldermen
“You’ve spent a lot of precious time on this here, and, I must say, if I had known (what the reaction to the project would be) from the beginning, I’m not sure, to tell the truth, we would ever have embarked on this project,” he continued. “It’s not my nature to ruffle so many people.”
After the public hearing ended, the board voted. Along with the permit, members approved a rezoning amendment, a resolution stating that bollards will be reinstalled once the shopping center is built, and a resolution requesting that the N.C. Department of Transportation lower South Greensboro Street’s speed limit.
Although all votes were unanimous, Alderwoman Jacquelyn Gist said she struggled with her decision to say that the permit application complied with the requirements of the ordinance.
“I do not think the roundabout is in the best interests of the health, safety and welfare of the entire community,” she said. “I think it’s going to have a negative impact on one particular set of property owners, but I do think that the roundabout in general is a really dumb idea for right there.”
Sammy Slade did not attend the meeting.