High Point, HPU want to close portion of Montlieu Avenue

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- What the city of High Point calls "the price of progress" could mean closing part of a popular street in town. 

The city is asking the North Carolina Department of Transportation to allow Montlieu Avenue to be closed between College Avenue and Centennial Street. 

This closure is being requested because High Point University wants to absorb this portion of Montlieu Avenue into the campus as it expands. 

The NCDOT is expected to sign off on the idea at their meeting in early January. It will close informally by the end of February so HPU can begin working to make the road look like the rest of campus. 

By the end of July that portion of Montlieu Avenue is expected to be formally closed. 

21 comments

  • laura

    quit giving them everything hey want. i use this portion of the street to get to my JOB. the job that helps me pay the taxes that they are not required to pay….why should i have to drive around?

  • Shelley

    Yes and there is really no way AROUND.. the closest around would be either Kivett or Lexington Ave because HPU encompasses everything North East of Montlieu and there is nothing really through West to East between Centennial and College except Montlieu and Kivett…With that EMS station right there on Montlieu, they will have to make a major detour to get around, wasting precious time in some instances…I knew this was coming…

    • Shelley

      And as Maggie stated, the Firestation #1, which is right there as well on Centennial. There are a LOT of city services which service more than just HPU, they serve the people of HP, who would may not be able to timely get to some calls due to this road closing. It really just comes down to money..

    • Maggie

      A minute to a minute and a half can make make a big difference in a medical or other emergency. And realistically, it is going to be more than a minute to a minute and a half.

  • Path

    According to an article I read HPU owes a lot of money and not to this city. I just don’t understand the love High Point has for this school. They don’t pay taxes and have bought up properties that were having taxes paid on them to keep the city running. Every time HPU speaks the leaders of this town bow down. Why? Now they want to take over a street that we tax payers have been paying taxes to keep up..when Is enough enough? Do we need new city leaders? Some have been there way too long.

  • Maria

    They need to keep Montlieu Avenue open. We all used this road to get to wherever we are going and it serves as my shortcut sometimes whenever I am running late to get somewhere. If they close down this road, it will impact a majority of people that uses this road daily and it will also impact the city buses that runs through this area as they will have to do a major route change if they do close down this road. This road means something to all of us so please don’t close it down.

  • Chris Boyles

    “We are HPU. Existence as you know it is over. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Resistance is futile…You will be assimilated!” and you thought it could only happen in Star Trek…

  • Kris Layton

    Dont close the road because it’s your shortcut when you are running late? A one minute route change is not major, not compared to the impact of 100 new jobs and 500 more students spending money in the city. The report said 4500 cars a day travel there now, most of which are HPU traffic. If you were on city council, you’d be hard pressed to dent such a positive economic impact for our struggling city. Some of you say it’s all about money. You say it in a negative way. It’s not negative. The bottom line is the city needs thriving businesses to keep residents employed!

  • Jaza

    oh great!! So this means residents that live off Fifth street (Lexington side) will have more traffic to deal with!! We already have a hard time getting out of the neighborhood. This means traffic is going to get heavier.So sick of the city continuing to give them everything they want. They do not realize how this affects the people who live around the University!! So ready to get the hell out of High Point!!!

    • Jaza

      Yes I am that resident that resides in that neighborhood and for some reason HPU will not buy!! They have us boxed in and I just dont understand why….this section will be great for parking…but no they want to use the Foodlion parking lot for athletic events….think that is a little messed up!!

  • laura

    100 more jobs big whoop. all of them part time with no benefits no doubt. which means people employed there will rely on the public assistance to make ends meet. 500 more kids means ALOT more tuition money for the school. they spend money on beer and illegal activity. read the police reports. the kids do not spend alot of money here. what is here for them to shop at? haha not that mall the school owns.thriving business? not the school. each time those students are on break the emplyees of the university are off and recieving unemployment or nothing….

  • Dave

    For the most part the comments on here are very emotional. As a business owner in town, the only thing we HAVE going for us is the University. They are cleaning up the bad areas and replacing them with a pristine campus. We need to embrace the University. The students do spend money. They go to restaurants. They shop. Their families come to town and spend money. The impact of HPU IS almost as effective as that of Market. We need them. I understand that it is convenient but in my opinion the positives outweigh the negatives.

  • Path

    Dave, really? The students eat on campus. They have every thing they need on that campus. I am not against growth, but I would like the whole city to grow, which it is not doing and a college that does not pay taxes is not helping. I get it that a few wealthy people in town donate money to the school, is it to get their name on a building? Big deal.

  • Tim

    Cleaning up the ghetto is what this is all about. Montlieu is full of homeless and welfare recipients and the University and the City of High Point has had enough with the crime as well. Get rid of the street, you get rid of the trashy houses and people at the same time.

  • Malcolm Milldinger

    I am a recent graduate from HPU (class of 2013), and I feel that this classic HPU move is so sad. Sure it might bring money to the city of High Point, more students to expand the university and strengthen the reputation of the school (and my degree). But the underlying issue with all of HPU’s “progress”, which is more show than substance in the first place, is that the school finds a way to create animosity between itself and the community of High Point. It may not be a substantial issue now, but you don’t want to develop the reputation as a university (or even company, person, etc.) who doesn’t care about the very community that houses it.

  • Erin Winfrey

    As an Alumni (Class of 2009), it no longer brings me joy to say I went to school there. I feel bad for the students now because as they fill their social media feeds ranting about how people don’t understand the price of education, they just are too selfish and ignorant to realize anything more than the “I came to America with $50” story that Nido pitches. There is a difference in a college helping a city than a college taking over a city. I saw this move coming 5 years ago and it is simply because the school thinks they need a section of land to partition them off from the world and put them on the same level as Wake Forest and Duke. While people are going to be paid for their property, there is something to be said about upheaval of families and abandoning homes with memories – I would bet money that not a single HPU student would stand silent and think its fair if a large company or school wanted to come buy their home and knock down the house that held so many memories. But let’s face the facts here, the school probably wants to add more benches, more statutes, and a more secure path for the tandem bicycles and horse drawn carriage – or maybe ONE steakhouse isn’t enough – rather than spend the money on what will make the school better – paying their professors more, more money into the library and more BOOKS (not more movies in the downstairs area).

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