Forsyth County Commissioners vote against Family Dollar rezoning in Rural Hall

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Dozens of homeowners from Rural Hall stood together before county commissioners Monday night to say no to a Family Dollar store in their neighborhood.

County commissioners voted 6 to 1 against rezoning the 1.2-acre lot which was supposed to sit on the corner of Bethania-Rural Hall Road and Angus Street -- a mostly residential area.

"How many of you would like to have this store next to your house?” resident Shirley Shelton asked commissioners at the meeting.

Residents against the plan feared the store would cause traffic congestion and change the feel of the quiet neighborhood.

But other residents were in support like Sarah Whitaker who lives next door to the proposed site.

"I have lived here for 20 years,” Whitaker said. “The traffic that's on [Highway] 65, I don’t see that that's going to make a difference at all."

Earlier this year, the Rural Hall Town Council also opposed the rezoning.

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