Are you aware that a retail business that includes a gas station, car wash and fast food restaurant may be built on the shore of Oak Hollow Lake, the water supply for more than 100,000 residents of High Point?
This proposed development will include storage tanks with thousands of gasoline buried just a few yards from the lake, your water supply!
Here is what you need to know...and do!
As citizens of this community, we must take this threat seriously.
If you are opposed to building such a facility on the banks of our water supply, please take action immediately.
Sign our petition, call your council member, tell you friends and neighbors.
Remember, this is time sensitive. We must act NOW!
A commercial real estate developer wants to build a combination of a gas station, restaurant, and car wash on property that is located on the banks of Oak Hollow Lake, the largest watershed in Guilford County and the sole source of drinking water for the City of High Point.
This will involve burying gas tanks just yards from Oak Hollow Lake and that will drain toward a stream that drains into another. HIGH POINT CITY LAKE!
Approximately 542,000 underground storage tanks (USTs) nationwide store petroleum or hazardous substances. Each of these tanks represent a potential threat of contamination to YOUR groundwater.
Does that sound safe to you? Are you concerned about the safety of your water supply? We are!
Even though the developer maintains that these tanks are "safe”, the runoff from a convenience store, gas station, greasy fast food restaurant and a detergent-filled car wash has the potential to drain right into our water supply, harming our wildlife and contaminating our recreational waters.
This is the developer who is behind this proposal, accompanied by a paid consultant to help promote this project.
She has been hired by this developer to push this proposal through the political gauntlet, and they are doing this under the radar and out of the public view.
This is our effort to change that!
Jim Grdich - Developer
VP-Development and Construction
Blue Ridge Companies
826 Samet Drive, Suite 105
High Point, NC 27265
This proposal will be presented to the Zoning Commission on December 8th.
If they deny the proposal, it will have to be re-presented at a later date and will require a larger quorum for passage.
If the proposal is approved by PNZ, it will go to the City commissioners for review.
We need to let these officials know that we are OPPOSED to this proposed threat to our watershed!
If this proposal is approved and construction is completed, this development will have a serious impact on the whole city and especially to this section of Eastchester boulevard, which is already overdeveloped, congested, and dangerous.
It will initiate several changes to the area...and they are all BAD.
You must ask yourself? Does High Point need another gas station? Another car wash? Another convenience store? And are we willing to risk endangering our water source to add one more of each?
If you think this is a bad idea click below and sign our petition...
You must act now to stop this development. Political decisions will be made in the coming weeks that will affect your community and your life permanently. Let these politicians know what you think TODAY!!!
As part of the City of High Point’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a remote public hearing on December 8th and in-person public attendance will not be allowed at this meeting. Once the Planning and Zoning Commission is in session, please use the following link to listen to the meeting live https://www.HighPointNC.gov/VirtualPublicMeeting
The public can submit comments to the Commission by emailing comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 336-883-3522 and leaving a message.
Written comments can also be placed in the City of High Point’s utility payment drop-boxes located on both sides of the Municipal Building located at 211 S. Hamilton Street in the Green Drive and the Commerce Avenue parking lots. We request that you include the case number at the top of the notice with your comment so it can be applied to the correct case.
Public comments are being accepted now and will be until 24 hours after the close of the public hearing.
MORE INFO ABOUT SOIL AND WATER CONTAMINATION
THANKS TO YOU, we have successfully stopped the construction of a gas station with underground storage tanks at the intersection of Eastchester and Gordon Road, according to a story published in the High Point Enterprise. HOWEVER, our work is not done, as the developer still wants to have the property rezoned to allow fast food joint with drive thru window, a move that will add enormous pressure on the traffic flow at this snarled intersection, at a stretch of Eastchester that is already backed up most of the day in both directions. The High Point City Council will give this issue a final consideration on March 1st at 5:30 PM. PLEASE voice your opposition to this rezoning request to the Council this week.
Here is what you can do..
You can also email the mayor and members of the city council. Their names and emails are listed on our website.
PLEASE DO IT TODAY
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!