Neighbors Fighting Zebulon Rd. Shopping Center Proposal | News
The Hendrix family has lived in their home off Zebulon Road for 16 years.
"We moved here for the peace and quietness of the neighborhood," Don Hendrix said.
With the possibility of a new 250,000 square foot shopping center and the rezoning of more than 25 acres behind their neighborhood, they say all of that is at stake.
"It's endangering me keeping my home," Hendrix said.
Land east of Northway Church and Sonny Carter Elementary School on Zebulon Road was supposed to stay residential.
The new proposal by Alabama-based company, Blackwater Resources, would change that.
Neighbors are afraid there will be no end to commercial expansion in their backyards.
"I need to know I have this place to come to in peace and rest and heal," Cheryl Hendrix said.
Instead, she feels, "cheated, like they're snatching away from us our hopes and dreams."
So far, Macon's Planning and Zoning Commission has received over 400 signed petitions from neighbors opposing the new development.
Residents say the new retail center will cause heavier traffic, more noise and lowered property values.
"We've worked and saved our money to buy this little piece of land for us to live on. Now the taxes probably won't go down, but the value of the home will go down," Hendrix said.
We reached out to the developer, Blackwater Resources, but they did not respond to our call.
The Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to vote Monday on whether to rezone the land.