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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Residents who live in the area of Lake Brandt and Trosper roads are not happy with the idea to build a shopping center at the intersection.

More than 30 people protested with signs and banners in front of the proposed site Wednesday evening.

"They are against a generic, commercial medium development, which basically gives carte blanche to a developer to go out and sell whatever he wants to," said Craig Lawrence, a local resident.

Sun Capital CEO Ken Miller is working to develop about a quarter mile of land along Lake Brandt Road that sits just across the street from Jesse Wharton Elementary School. The plans could include all kinds of commercial use like a coffee shop, retail or fitness center.

Residents are worried that a major development would take away from the area's natural beauty.

"We like it out here, you know it's quiet and it's pristine," said Bonnie Stec, who has lived in the neighborhood for 43 years.

Right now the land is almost entirely residential. In order for it to be developed, it must be annexed into Greensboro's city limits and then rezoned for commercial use. People like Lawrence say they are worried the rezoning would leave too many options open for the developer.

"There should be more conditions and ... the size should be smaller, the scale should be lower and the intentions should be less and that's what we are talking to our attorney about to try to negotiate with the developer," Lawrence said.

An attorney for Sun Capital told FOX8 via email that they are working with the neighborhood and want to find a compromise that serves everyone.

The Greensboro City Council is scheduled to vote on the rezoning at their meeting on Nov. 1.