Gaston & Catawba

Developer drops plan for ABC store in Terrell

Plans for a new ABC store in Terrell have ended after a bitter dispute between some residents and the Catawba County ABC board helped kill the idea.

Randy Isenhower, the chairman of the Catawba County ABC board, told the Observer that the developer who had contracted to sell the land at N.C. 150 and Sherrills Ford Road for the store asked to withdraw from the contract with the ABC board earlier this month.

The ABC board voted to grant that withdrawal Tuesday night, and must now consider whether to look for another site.

Residents had long fought against the proposed store, gathering as many as 1,000 signatures in petitions circulating around the area.

Vocal residents protested at a March ABC board meeting, saying the building would be in a historic part of town near a church and school.

“(The protests) factored in the decision,” Isenhower said. “We had community opposition plus a developer who wanted to withdraw. Why press forward when you have two factions that don't want it?”

Isenhower said he wasn't sure if the ABC board would try to find another site. “We're really in no hurry to do that,” he said.

ABC officials had chosen the Terrell site because it would be near the proposed Village at Sherrills Ford, a massive retail/housing development expected within the decade. TVD owns the land that was targeted for the liquor store.

Dee Greene, one of the leaders of the resident protest, said she was “delighted” with the news.

“It took five months, but we gave a voice to the community and they responded wonderfully,” she said. “We won a lot of the little battles, but to win the big war is just awesome. We feel really blessed.”

Plans for a new ABC store in Terrell have ended after a bitter dispute between some residents and the Catawba County ABC board helped kill the idea.

Randy Isenhower, the chairman of the Catawba County ABC board, told the Observer that the developer who had contracted to sell the land at N.C. 150 and Sherrills Ford Road for the store asked to withdraw from the contract with the ABC board earlier this month.

The ABC board voted to grant that withdrawal Tuesday night, and must now consider whether to look for another site.

Residents had long fought against the proposed store, gathering as many as 1,000 signatures in petitions circulating around the area.

Vocal residents protested at a March ABC board meeting, saying the building would be in a historic part of town near a church and school.

“(The protests) factored in the decision,” Isenhower said. “We had community opposition plus a developer who wanted to withdraw. Why press forward when you have two factions that don't want it?”

Isenhower said he wasn't sure if the ABC board would try to find another site. “We're really in no hurry to do that,” he said.

ABC officials had chosen the Terrell site because it would be near the proposed Village at Sherrills Ford, a massive retail/housing development expected within the decade. TVD owns the land that was targeted for the liquor store.

Dee Greene, one of the leaders of the resident protest, said she was “delighted” with the news.

“It took five months, but we gave a voice to the community and they responded wonderfully,” she said. “We won a lot of the little battles, but to win the big war is just awesome. We feel really blessed.”

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