Friendly Coalition plans rezoning opposition along Hobbs Road in Greensboro

by Jeff Sykes

The Friendly Coalition Against Commercial Encroachment, the citizen’s group that successfully fought off a rezoning of several acres of land at the corner of Friendly Avenue and Hobbs Road last year, has hired an attorney and plans a public meeting in opposition to a new request to rezone the area for commercial development.

An Atlanta-based developer filed a rezoning request with the City of Greensboro last month. Halpern is being represented by Greensboro attorney Tom Terrell. The developer has submitted a request to build a 60,000 square foot retail space, which could include a Publix grocery store.

The Friendly Coalition announced on its Facebook page that the group has hired an attorney and plans for a Jan. 4 public meeting a First Lutheran Church.

“The Friendly Coalition opposes this rezoning and plans to aggressively fight the request as well as the proposal to change the long term Connections 2025 Comprehensive Plan for those residential lots,” the group announced. “If the rezoning is successful, the residential feel of our neighborhoods all up and down Friendly Ave and Hobbs Rd will be in jeopardy.”

The rezoning request will be heard on Jan. 12. The opposition group plans to distribute “No Commercial Rezoning” signs beginning Jan. 4, in addition to a list of Zoning Commission and City Council members.

“We ask you to contact those decision makers and let them know you are opposed to this rezoning request,” the coalition announced on its Facebook page. “Rest assured, if this rezoning request is approved, there will be little we can do to stop future commercial development along Friendly Ave and Hobbs Rd. We are committed to seeing this through.”