IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. -- Buddy Compton has lived in Iredell County for most of his life. The retired Methodist minister said while he has lived in other places he also knew this stretch of road off Highway 801 would be the place he would retire.
"This is beautiful." said Compton, "I've been here since I was 10-years-old. There's a lot of game back there, doves in the field... deer come right up in our yard-- quite a few geese, rabbits."
Compton's brick home sits on a few acres, as do most of the houses that line Highway 801 just before Mount Ulla Highway in Mooresville. But it's the land which is behind his property that has him most concerned about his future here, and the future of his neighbors.
"It's definitely going to change the outlook of what we see." said Compton
Two weeks ago the Mooresville Planning Board voted 5 to 0 to recommend that the city commissioners allow 476 acres to be re-zoned for general industry with hopes of adding the city's third industrial park.
The land would be purchased from the city by the South Iredell Community Development Corp., then the corporation would develop the land into a business park.
City leaders could vote on the recommendation at the next regular Commissioner's board meeting.
Neighbors said they plan to be there to show their displeasure with the plan, but feel city leaders may have already made up their minds to go ahead with the proposed industrial park.
For residents who said they worry about the extra traffic the construction project will bring, and also the amount of traffic on Highway 801 after the project is complete, they feel they may be too late because the city may have already made up its mind.
The Planning Board also recommended buying houses of residents who want to move because of the plan, but most of the ones along the highway said that because of property low revaluations, they would lose the real value of their homes.
"It's not always about money, it's about a lifestyle" said one resident, "..and sometimes that's worth fighting for."