A proposed commercial center behind Piggly Wiggly on Lexington Avenue would destroy the entrance way to Danville, overburden an already crowded roadway and keep shoppers from downtown, opponents of the center said at a zone change hearing Wednesday.
Developers said that the 15-acre center would agree with the city's future plans for the land.
The Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission listened to both sides and will make a decision about whether to change the property's zoning from agriculture to highway commercial at 9 a.m. Jan. 21.
The property is part of the estate of the late Dr. Charles Caldwell. The owner is Nancy Caldwell and the developers are Red Elephant LLC, owned by Jeff Jones, a Danville attorney, and Michael Smith, a Danville businessman and Garrard County resident.
Neighbors of the land, the Scutchfields, the Mulhollands and the Buxes, have hired an attorney to oppose the development.
Opponents packed the mid-morning meeting. Resident Bunny Scutchfield, who lives near the property, was outside of the room with a color-coded map on an easel.