Neighbors want history preserved at proposed development

Those living in the Mallard Creek Neighborhood are continuing their fight against a development taking over more than 65 acres near their homes.

Earlier this year Top Golf planned to build on the site, which is off I-85 and Mallard Creek Church Road. Officials from Top Golf pulled out after outcry from neighbors over a nearby cemetery. Developers are now back with a new plan, without the golf complex.

"We are very aware of development and that it is going to eventually happen in that area," said neighbor Lindsey Harrison.

Neighbors worry the hundreds of apartments and retail space planned on more than 65 acres of land isn't the right fit for the community. 

There are the usual concerns about traffic and safety, but neighbors are also worried about preserving history.

The plot of land up is next to a church and cemetery. A historian says potentially dozens of unmarked slave graves could be found deep within the woods.

"I am concerned there are additional grave sites out on that property. If a bulldozer shows up I have every right to call the medical examiner according to North Carolina statute," said Linda Majchrzak

Neighbors are still trying to prove what they know to the developer. They hope to raise $1,000 to have an expert uncover more unmarked graves on the property and prevent history from being erased.

"We are willing to cooperate with the developer and workout whatever issues we have now and work with the developers that it is developed correctly," said Majchrzak.

Time may be running out. City council makes their final vote on the property on October 16. Neighbors are asking council to delay that vote, until another expert can examine the site.

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