Lee Street, High Point Road to be renamed Gate City Boulevard

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- One vote changed one of Greensboro's most popular corridors.

A portion of Lee Street and High Point Road will be renamed East and West Gate City Boulevard.

After talking about it for nearly five years, the Greensboro City Council passed the name change with a 5-4 vote.

Some council members argued that it is more than just a name change, saying it is more about reshaping the corridor.

"If you’re looking at it from a street naming standpoint, I've said it before and I will say it again, you're considering the wrong thing. This is a corridor reshaping. This is one of the major corridors, gateways for our community," said Councilman Zack Matheny, who was in favor of the name change.

Other council members weren't in favor of it.

"We are helping small business left now why are we trying to hurt them it just makes no sense to me," said Councilwoman Marikay Abuzuaiter.

The name change will impact 436 businesses that will have to change their signage, advertising tools, vehicles and more. The changes could cost several thousands of dollars.

West Lee Street Tire and Automotive, for example, now has to decide what their new name of their business will be.

"I don't know what we'll do as far as changing the name or if we will just keep the name the same and be West Lee Street Tire and Automotive on Gate City Boulevard," said John Thaxton, with West Lee Street Tire and Automotive. "I don't know. We'll see when it comes to it I guess."

The name change will go into effect in the fall of 2015.

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