STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Dozens of angry residents are expected to show up at a city council meeting Monday in Statesville.
They plan to come to voice their opposition to a proposed new truck stop, if approved, would be built off I-40 near a hospital, senior center and dozens of homes.
"This particular location is just a horrendous choice." said Stacey Schlesinger , "prior to the closure of that exit there was an accident about once a month - since the closure of that exit there's been about one a week."
Schlesinger said that if a trucking center is built it would add to the noise and air pollution and also cause more safety concerns by adding hundreds of new trucks and cars to their already busy neighborhood.
"We're truly concerned about the number of wrecks that are already out here." she said
It would cost around $7.5 to build the trucking center which would employ about 60 full and part time employees. The center would also have a restaurant and other amenities. That is also one of the reasons opponents say the travel center was given the green light.
The zoning director was able to allow for the center, because while there is not an ordinance that allows for a travel plaza or trucking center, the land is zoned for gas stations, shopping centers and restaurants.
David Currier said since Love's has several of all these components then in his opinion it was allowable in the city ordinance.
Dr. Chip Cooney owns the Animal Hospital of Statesville which sits next to where the travel center will be built.
He said they plan to challenge the city on the way the director is interpreting the zoning of that land.
"There is no zoning for trucking in the city of Statesville. This was approved by the city of Statesville as appropriate which we don't feel is correct."
Residents say they plan to bring hundreds of petitions to Monday night’s city council meeting and speak during the open forum. They say the entire matter could wind up in Iredell County Superior Court.