Traffic nightmare? Future Chick-Fil-A could cause havoc on Highland Creek roads

- A proposed Chick-Fil-A is not popular with may people who live in one northwest Charlotte neighborhood. Charlotte City Council approved the rezoning petition Monday night, guaranteeing the project.

With or without the Chick-Fil-A, residents of Highland Creek say this area is about to get some extra traffic. A new apartment complex is being built and some say adding one more business is just too much for the area to handle.

There are businesses all around and an apartment complex under construction at the intersection of Prosperity Church and Ridge Roads. 

Some who live and shop around Highland Creek worry that building another business, particularly a popular fast food joint like Chick-Fil-A, will only add more cars on the roads. 

"During lunch or even dinner, traffic will be crazy, it's already crazy now," said Katia Castellanos. "Chick-Fil-A will probably do good business, but traffic will probably be insane."

On Monday, Charlotte City Council voted to approve Rezoning Petition 2016-131, essentially giving a green light for the project. 

Stephanie Ijames lives in the nearby Highland Creek neighborhood.

"There is already going to be a lot of congestion just based on the retail and the apartments that are coming here, so to me, one additional restaurant is not really going to contribute to that."

Others say Old Ridge Road is used as a cut-through. The Chick-Fil-A would be near that road and they're concerned that would add more traffic to an already busy area. 

"I think they need to address the congestion on this side of town, but I think it need to be done anyway whether or not Chick-Fil-A comes here."

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