Some people who live in the Shearon Farms area are trying to convince local leaders to make sure a proposed car dealership would have little impact on their neighborhood.
More than 80 people had signed a petition on change.org by Thursday afternoon. The petition asks for Meadstone Way to not connect to a proposed Bobby Murray Chevrolet dealership nearby on Capital Boulevard.
It also asks the dealership to promise that delivery trucks won’t travel through Shearon Farms.
“We seek to protect the integrity of the Shearon Farms neighborhood while maintaining and improving the property values of our homeowners’ investments,” neighborhood organizers wrote in the online petition.
Most neighbors are open to the idea of a car dealership nearby, said Melissa Alonso, who helped create the petition. But they are wary of big trucks and increased traffic on Meadstone Way.
“We want to be active in shaping what our community looks like,” Alonso said.
Meadstone Way is set to be widened into a three-lane service road under a state plan to improve U.S. 1.
Alsonso said she figured the road, which would be widened as part of improvements that should begin in 2023, makes the area attractive to a large car dealership.
“It became clear when Bobby Murray presented his plan ... that it was very strategic,” Alonso said. “It will sit on the edge of a very large expressway and a three-lane service road.”
The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners voted May 19 to annex the property into town limits.
At neighborhood meetings, representatives from Bobby Murray seemed receptive to restricting access through Shearon Farms and adjusting buffers to shield noise and light.
Alonso said neighbors want to make sure those conditions are in writing.
The U.S. 1 improvement plan began in 2006 when the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and other groups started to gather input and study the length of Capital Boulevard from Interstate 540 to Park Avenue in Youngsville.
In 2012, the study focused on the area from Youngsville to the Vance County line, while revisiting the first area.
During both times, Shearon Farms residents were not part of the input process. In 2006, the neighborhood didn’t exist. In 2012, the focus was further north.
The Shearon Farms Neighborhood Integrity Action Committee said it plans to present its petition to the Board of Commissioners and the planning board on June 2.