Some Greenville residents against Fire Tower Road widening and rezoning

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - A move to rezone a section of an Eastern Carolina road is raising concerns with some area residents.

Greenville City Council voted to rezone nearly 13 acres along East Fire Tower Road near a subdivision to allow office use.

A public hearing on the road widening issue was held during the council's February meeting. A motion that night lead to a tie vote which meant the issue would have to be re-addressed.

A filed request for council members to vote on the issue brought the vote back up this month. Two area residents near The Meeting Place subdivision voiced their concerns. One resident said, "We're not against economic development in our community or in Greenville. We just want it to take place in a timeline that stays safe."

They say the state department of transportation is developing a project to widen that section of road, and between the rezoning and roadwork, it could cause more back-ups in an already congested area.

Greenville Mayor P.J. Connelly said council members are listening to input saying, "We definitely heard their concerns it's always important for citizens feedback and we always encourage that and it's great to have them come here and hear their voices."

The plan to widen the section of East Fire Tower Road is part of a plan to overhaul a 2 point 8 section of the road to reduce traffic congestion in the long run. That road construction is expected to begin in 2021.