HARRISBURG Residents fighting a proposed 24-hour Loves Travel Stop & Country Store at the Old Mocksville Road exit of Interstate 40 will take their case March 5 to the Statesville Board of Adjustment.
Residents and business owners, who are concerned about fumes, traffic and noise, will appeal city planners decision to allow truck stops as a use in the propertys zoning. Truck stops arent listed as an allowable use in any of the citys zoning districts. City planners concluded that a truck stop is allowed at the site because all of the other uses proposed by Loves including a restaurant, gas pumps and convenience store are allowed under the lands zoning.
The meeting is scheduled for noon at Statesville City Hall, 301 S. Center St.
Loves site plan includes parking for 92 trucks and 80 cars, a 1,400-square-foot, 24-hour tire shop, shower facilities, an 11,000-square-foot convenience store, a McDonalds drive-through restaurant and a Chesters Chicken Restaurant.
Statesville Mayor Costi Kutteh said at a recent City Council meeting that the companys site plan would first have to be approved by the council and that it could be considered at a council meeting later this month.
Based in Oklahoma City, Okla., Loves operates nearly 300 locations and 150 Loves Truck Tire Care centers in 39 states. Loves is ranked No. 7 on Forbes annual list of the largest U.S. private companies.
We build modern, very clean facilities, Loves communications manager Kyla Turner told the Observer. They are bright, well-lit, safe.
The center will employ at least 60 people, she said.
Residents say a truck stop isnt suitable in an area that includes more than 200 homes, a longtime animal hospital and an Alzheimers care facility.
More than 100 people jammed the Statesville City Council chambers Feb. 18 to oppose the truck stop plans.
If the Board of Adjustment rejects the appeal, residents have said, theyll take the case to Iredell County Superior Court.
State starts I-77 toll lanes blog
The N.C. Department of Transportation recently started a blog to update residents on plans for Interstate 77 toll lanes from Charlotte to Mooresville.
We want you to be well-informed about the importance of the I-77 HOT lane project in Charlotte, and this blog is one of the ways NCDOT intends to keep you up to date on its progress, the department says on http://fix77now.blogspot.com.
In the coming days, youll find news updates, a project timeline and other useful information posted here, the department says on the blog. This is also where you can find information on the project decision process and access related documents and maps.
Like the project itself, this site is a work in progress, the state says. We intend to provide as much information as possible, from these early stages through the opening of the new lanes.
Most importantly, the department says, the site allows residents to ask questions and express concerns about any aspect of the planned HOT lanes. We want Fix77Now to be a two-way forum, so please feel free to leave posts in the comment sections, the department says on its blog.
Work begins on free-standing ER
CMC-Harrisburg broke ground Feb. 27 for a $20.2 million, free-standing emergency department at 9592 Rocky River Road.
The department will be open 24 hours daily all year and staffed by physicians board-certified in emergency medicine.
Included will be six treatment rooms, an observation room, a CT scanner, digital mammography, ultrasound, X-ray/fluoroscopy, advanced diagnostic imaging, a full-service laboratory, electronic medical records, a helipad for transporting patients if needed, and a community room for group meetings
The 23,689-square-foot department will have 45 full-time employees when it opens in the first quarter of 2014, officials said.
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