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.
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