‘This is my business’: Construction in Chantilly blocking access to homes, residents say


COMMUNITY GATHERED TO PRAY FOR HIM AND TO HAND OUT FLYERS. THERE IS AN ACTIVE SILVER ALERT. ANYONE WHO SEES JAMES HANNAH SHOULD CALL POLICE. LIVING IN CHARLOTTE, YOU KNOW HOW COMMON CONSTRUCTION HAS BECOME. AS THE CITY GROWS, NEW DEVELOPMENTS POP UP EVERYWHERE. BRIANA HARPER TALK TO ONE MAN WHO SAID THE CONSTRUCTION WAS SO BAD IN HIS NEIGHBORHOOD, IT WILL SOON BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIM TO GET TO HIS FRONT DOOR. Reporter: I SPOKE TO THE MAN WHO LIVES AND WORKS HERE AT THE CHANTILLY CORNER STUDIO FOR THE PAST TWO DECADES. HE IS NOW CONCERNED THIS NEIGHBORING CONSTRUCTION SITE AND THE MONEY AND POWER BEHIND IT COULD PUSH HIM OUT OF HIS HOME. FOR THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS, NEIGHBORS IN THIS AREA OF THE CHANTILLY NEIGHBORHOOD SAY THEY HAVE SEEN PLENTY OF CHANGES. POUNDING CONCRETE FROM 7:00 IN THE MORNING UNTIL 4:00 IN THE AFTERNOON, EVERY DAY. Reporter: IT IS ALL PART OF A PLAN TO BUILD A NEW TOWNHOME DEVELOPMENT, BUT NOT EVERYONE IS HAPPY. I SPENT A YEAR AND A HALF TRYING TO MAKE IT REASONABLE, AND THEY REFUSED TO MAKE ANY CHANGES. Reporter: HOMEOWNER MARK SPRINKLED TELLS US AT FIRST THE DEVELOPERS OFFERED HIM $200,000 TO SELL HIS BUILDING NEXT DOOR, BUT HE SAYS THE TAX VALUE OF HIS PLACE MAKES IT WORTH NEARLY 3 TIMES THAT MUCH. THEY OFFERED ME NOTHING FOR MY BUILDING AND TOLD ME THEY WOULD SQUEEZE ME OUT. Reporter: HE SAYS THIS PROPERTY IS IN A FLOODPLAIN AND THE DEVELOPERS PLAN TO RAISE THE ELEVATION FIVE FEET. THAT MEANS SOME NEIGHBORS DRIVEWAYS, FRONT STREET PARKING AND HOME ACCESS WILL BE IMPACTED WHEN THE CONCRETE IS TORN UP. THEY ARE MAKING IT SO I CAN’T GET INTO MY BUILDING. THIS IS MY HOME. THIS IS MY BUSINESS. Reporter: RESIDENTS ASKING THE CITY TO STEP IN. IT IS DEFINITELY A DAVID AND GOLIATH THING. I DON’T KNOW IF I’VE GOT ANY ROCKS LEFT. Reporter: THE HOMEOWNER TELLS ME JUST DAYS AGO A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE CITY OF CHARLOTTE CAME OUT TO REVIEW THE CONSTRUCTION PLAN AT THE PROPERTY. SINCE THAT VISIT, HE HASN’T HEARD ANYTHING BACK.

, , , , ,

Post navigation

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *