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Protest Over Re-Zoning Petition in Mallard Creek Area

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People in Mallard Creek area neighborhoods held a peaceful protest on Friday morning. They want City Council to vote "no" on a petition that would bring more apartment complexes and a grocery store on Prosperity Church Road near the Highland Creek area.

Neighbors say schools are already overcrowded in the area, traffic is congested, and there are three grocery stores within one mile. People in the community told me they were promised something similar to a "Birkdale Village" back in 1999 and they said the area can support that type of village.

"City Council and planning need to understand, they work for us. Start listening to what we want, not what they want," said Reese Untz who is against the re-zoning petition.

The petition is 13-94.  There is a proposed plan by developers could bring an additional grocery and more apartment complexes to the area.  People in surrounding neighborhoods say schools are already overcrowded and additional apartment complexes would bring more congestion and devalue property.

"This area deserves so much more than a strip center. This area, what we have here in housing. I mean we have great people in this area," said Sarah Zdeb who is against the re-zoning petition.

The message this group wanted to get across to City Council was sent through signs that read "We The People Say No to Apartment Complexes" and through words.

"You better be voting no like we're already telling you so you better listen to what all these people are saying if you want to get elected again," said Untz.

City Council will vote next month on the petition.  City Councilman Gregory Phipps said he was unaware of the protest but said the public can voice their opinion at the City Council meeting on July 21st at 6 pm.





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