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Posted: 5:41 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2012
By Linzi Sheldon
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
A well-known developer wants to build a pharmacy with a drive-through window on a busy corner in Dilworth, but some residents say it's the wrong use for the lot.
The developer, Lincoln Harris, is also behind a large portfolio of other well-known projects like Bank of America Corporate Center and Phillips Place in south Charlotte.
It would like to bring a Walgreens to the corner of East Morehead Street and Kenilworth Avenue. The pharmacy would operate with a drive-through from 6 a.m. to midnight.
The project would also include a second building for office space.
Cynthia Buck, who has lived in Dilworth since 1985, said the intersection is busy already without retail.
Buck believes that drive-through window will make things worse.
"I understand why they want to have a drive-through, but just the traffic," Buck said, throwing up her hands.
According to the Charlotte Department of Transportation, about 47,500 vehicles pass through the intersection every day.
"We are working with the neighborhood on a daily basis, addressing their concerns," said officials with Lincoln Harris.
But people like Fritz Steckler, who works in the area, said growth may not be a bad thing.
"I'm sure they can come to some compromise and make it work for everybody," he said.
Buck and some others along her street fear it could be the beginning of more retail in an area they want to preserve.
"We just have to protect our neighborhood," Buck said.
According to Charlotte city planners, the project is currently scheduled for a public hearing on Sept. 24 and would go before the Zoning Committee and City Council in October.
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