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GREENSBORO, NC -- People living near the intersection of Friendly and Hobbs are not admitting defeat yet.

Earlier this month, the Greensboro Zoning Commission voted to rezone the land around the intersection from single family to mixed use, meaning plans to develop a shopping center and grocery store there could progress.

But tomorrow -- some residents, organized under the "Friendly Coalition", plan to file a petition to try and get the City Council to overrule that decision.

Many nearby residents oppose the new commercial zoning, wishing instead to see a residential development, if any.

Ernie Schiller, a 30-year-resident of the neighborhood, is one of many who placed a "no commercial rezoning" sign in his front yard.

"I think it should be kept housing," he said. "I really fear the domino effect. And once the precedent is set to begin retail development... it could go on and on."