Gastonia: Spotlight on controversial shopping center

Gastonia: Spotlight on controversial shopping center

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 6:18 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 1:18 PM

GASTONIA, N.C. -- City council is holding a public hearing Tuesday evening on the plaza that would be anchored by Harris Teeter.  At issue, a piece of property near the intersection of Robinwood and Kendrick Roads.

The plan, according to MPV Real Estate in Charlotte, is to build a 104,000 square foot center.  Harris Teeter would be the anchor store, with about 15 to 20 retail spaces attached.

Some folks who live nearby are concerned about the additional traffic. They’ve become like a grassroots group, calling themselves "Preserve Robinwood."  They have about 200 Facebook friends.

Evelyn Thompson isn't part of the group, but she lives near the site and is not in favor of the new shopping center.

"I think it is too big for this area.  I think it's too big for the area down there and it's going to take away some of the customer's that Lowes and Food Lion have here. I don't agree with it," she said.

Others are excited at the prospect.

"I think it's a great idea.  New jobs, new places to shop.  People don't have to go across town. Everybody loves Harris Teeter, so I think it'd be great," said neighbor Judy Ray.

MVP Real Estate tells NBC Charlotte it’s working with the residents who are concerned about the size of the plaza. They've scaled down the size of the shopping center from 120,000 square feet to 104,000.  The company also says there are plans to widen Robinwood Road and five lanes and add two additional lanes.

Neighbors can weigh in on the new center at a public hearing Tuesday night at 6 p.m. and the Gaston County Courthouse. 

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