Reject rezoning of the former Eastern Building Components property
  • Petitioned Alderman Kinsey

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New Bern Board of Aldermen
Alderman Kinsey
New Bern Board of Aldermen
Alderman Taylor
New Bern Board of Aldermen
Alderman White
New Bern Board of Aldermen
Alderman Outlaw
Mayor, New Bern
Lee Bettis

Reject rezoning of the former Eastern Building Components property

    1. James Senner
    2. Petition by

      James Senner

      New Bern, NC

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July 2012

Victory

DH Griffin, the hazardous waste disposal company which was petitioning for rezoning to allow a junkyard in our neighborhood has withdrawn their request and given up. They were almost certain to lose their bid at the upcoming board of aldermen meeting becAUe of the public outrage which was evident by the more than 200 emails to aldermen generated by our petition.

The new owners of the former Eastern Building Components property on Racetrack Road plan to put a junkyard there if they are permitted to rezone the property to heavy industrial use. This would not only create visual and noise pollution for the neighborhood but would create health and safety hazards for the neighboring residential areas. The new owners, DH Griffin Company specializes in handling and disposal of hazardous materials such as asbestos, lead, mercury and PCBs which could be stored at the site. Runoff from these materials and the junked cars that they plan to dismantle, crush and stack in the yard would be a danger to the area. Moreover, Racetrack Road is not wide enough to handle the additional pickup trucks, trailers and semis which would be drawn to the area to drop off and pick up scrap. There are no sidewalks in this area and schoolkids walk along this narrow street to get to HJ McDonald school. Just look at the Simms junkyard on Neuse Blvd with the heavy equipment, crushers, stacks of metal and lines of trucks in front to see what our neighborhood would look like if the project goes forward. There is a reason for zoning laws and a junkyard is simply not compatible with the residential neighborhood abutting the property. An industrial area was established in Clarks just for this purpose and the junkyard belongs there--not next to the four apartment complexes already here. The Zoning Board was nearly unanimous in rejecting the application and the Board of Aldermen should affirm this decision.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Victory!!

      James Senner
      Petition Organizer

      DH Griffin has seen the handwriting on the wall and withdrawn its rezoning application and there will not be a hearing on 24 July. Thanks to everyone who helped to win this battle.

    2. Board of Alderman POSTPONE Rezoning Hearing until July 24.

      James Senner
      Petition Organizer

      For some reason the Board of Alderman have decided to postpone hearing about this issue until their 2nd meeting in July (24th). We will be adjusting our signage on Racetrack Rd to reflect this change. The local newspaper and radio seem to be engaged so let us not lose momentum. Please make sure you get out and attend this meeting.

    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. Sierra Club and Phil Knight take up our cause;Sun Journal article

      James Senner
      Petition Organizer

      The local Sierra Club has become aware of the rezoning application and is urging its members to attend the 26 June meeting at City Hall. Local TV and radio personality Phil Knight (94.1 and C-TV 10) has been urging his listeners to sign our petition. The Sun Journal has belatedly discovered the issue and carried a totally inadequate article in its 15 June issue. Meanwhile, we are up to about 50 signatures as of the morning of 15 June. While things are looking up, we can still lose as most of the aldermen remain noncommittal.

    5. Photo of Sims Junkyard on Neuse Blvd

      James Senner
      Petition Organizer

      This is what the Griffin Company has in mind for OUR neighborhood! Please continue to spread the word to your friends and neighbors to ensure that a noisy, dangerous eyesore like this isn't allowed on Racetrack Road. We are up to 32 signatures in just one day. Let's see if we can match that.

    6. Reached 25 signatures
    7. Decision-maker Alderman Bengels responds:

      Alderman Bengels

      Thank you for your email.

      I am in full support of the Zoning Board's decision to DENY this request and intend to vote to support that decision.

      Thank you for taking the time to express your concerns to me.

      Please feel free to con...


    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

      • over 2 years ago

      Own a house in Surry Downs. This area needs to be protected as residential.

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    • Faustino Alvarado NEW BERN, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      Our concerns are for the hazards and risks to our children and the fact that it will negatively affect our property value.

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    • Gloria Simpson NEW BERN, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      It is simply bad for the neighborhood, property values, and for our health and the health of the children within a several mile radius.

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    • Gerald Hobbins NEW BERN, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      The I-1 zoning was placed when the site was not in the city. New Bern had not become the retirement and working class job market as it is today. This type of business has no place here.

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    • Dru Nichols NEW BERN, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      I think the reasons listed are more than sufficient..

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