Residents rally against rezoning of Hobbs-Friendly

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — About 60 people rallied Saturday afternoon to voice their concerns about possible rezoning near Hobbs Road and West Friendly Avenue in Greensboro.

The city council will be revisiting the rezoning proposal on Tuesday. During a public hearing, they will discuss changing the area from residential to commercial property. The company Halpern Developments wants to build businesses on the property.

This has been an ongoing topic for years. It is discussion created The Friendly Coalition -- where concerned neighbors came together to protest the potential change.

This week, some neighbors in the area who were originally opposed to the rezoning shifted gears -- members of the Hobbs Landing Neighborhood Association wrote a letter to the city saying they'd be in support of the rezoning under certain conditions. These conditions included requiring neighbors input on business hours, dumpsters and construction.

However, many neighbors are still not in support. Members of The Friendly Coalition used Saturday's rally as a way to get through to city leaders in the hopes of them stopping the rezoning proposal. They walked with signs through Hobbs Road, West Friendly Avenue, North Holden Road and neighboring streets.