GASTON COUNTY, N.C. -- A controversial shopping plaza will not be built in Gastonia.

The city council defeated a proposal for the plaza, which neighbors have been buzzing about for months.

Emotions ran high at a public meeting at the Gaston County courthouse, where residents discussed rezoning a 104,000 square foot shopping center near Robinwood and Kendrick Roads.

Some wanted the plaza, hoping it would bring new jobs. Others called defeating the proposal a victory.

The hearing lasted more than four hours. Members of the city council were deadlocked at 3-3. The proposal failed because a protest petition was filed, meaning the plaza couldn t happen without a majority vote.

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