While we are not big fans of the charter school movement in North Carolina, Knightdale council members, almost to a man, expressed their desire to see Cardinal Charter locate in their town.
That support, however, did not extend to the point that they were willing to make a questionable land use decision to make the charter school come about.
And, indeed, their support or their lack thereof for the charter school movement, should not have played a role in this decision.
If you missed the news on this, Knightdale council members rejected a rezoning request to allow a charter school to locate on a site off Poole Road, not too far from Hodge Road. The school would have, over time, been the academic home for nearly 1,200 students, all of whom would have required private transportation to or from the school.
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That traffic was among the chief concerns voiced by council members when they voted down the request. But perhaps more important, was the damage the N.C. Department of Transportation would have required the developers to inflict on a community institution. DOT required the school developers to expand Poole Road at its intersection with Hodge Road and doing so would have taken a big chunk of the parking lot at Paul Lee’s store, which has been operating at the site for at least 50 years.
Fortunately for Cardinal Charter, there are other options in Knightdale that will serve their purpose and the opportunity still exists for them to do business in Knightdale. Just not at the expense of good planning or other businesses.