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High Point owners oppose development

HIGH POINT, NC (WGHP) – High Point needs housing like the rest of the Piedmont Triad.

The problem is that no one wants them in their neighborhood.

“We want to keep it as a neighborhood where kids can play and be safe and not worry about all the added stresses that come with development,” said Nicole Arnold, who lives on Bridges Drive.

When Arnold’s husband bought their home on Bridges Drive over 40 years ago, they came for the family atmosphere.

“We don’t want to be kicked out of our neighborhood,” she said.

That’s how Arnold and members of his community feel after seeing a rezoning sign in the neighborhood.

“It’s hard to imagine having just a normal-sized house in a normal-sized neighborhood and then bumping into a potentially three-story apartment building,” Arnold said.

Efincia Companies wants to build a three-storey apartment complex for people aged 55 and over opposite Arnold’s house.

“Basically, on her back doorstep, she would hit the building,” she said.

Arnold and his neighbors commissioned an artist to paint a rendering of what this building would look like and how their private lives would change.

“The developer hasn’t gathered a lot of ground to establish this business venture,” Arnold said. “Instead, he used his less than three acres in a residential area to create something that would really change the character of our neighborhood.

The proposed project also includes the felling of trees and the construction of a driveway between two existing houses.

“There’s the potential for our neighborhood to really change in terms of crime or just the fact that there will be a lot more people walking in and out of a narrow alley,” Arnold said.

The additional traffic that comes with the development is another concern.

“Lighting and traffic and parking and water runoff and all of those things, we have legitimate concerns and we appreciate the opportunity to voice them,” she said.

The developer wants these families to know that every place they build has the goal of improving the neighborhood and alleviating the city’s housing problems.

There is a High Point Planning and Zoning Committee on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Arnold collected signed letters from 25 area property owners showing their opposition to this development. She plans to be at the meeting with them on Tuesday.