Greenville residents, city leaders want more development north of Tar River

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville residents and city leaders want more development in neighborhoods north of the Tar River.

The issue came up during the city council’s annual planning retreat when Councilmember Kandie Smith expressed frustration about a presented list of economic development projects.

One of the projects was a pharmacy north of the river which was at the bottom of the list.

“We now need to make sure that we work on a pharmacy,” Councilmember Smith said. “I don’t want it to be at the bottom; I want that to be at the top.”

It led to a discussion about a proposed Walmart Supercenter that was supposed to be built off of Staton House Road.

People in the area looked forward to the development, but Councilmember Smith said the project has been shelved.

Resident Rayfield Ruffin said the neighborhood needs more projects like a bank, auto parts store and a laundromat.

“We don’t have anything over here,” Ruffin said. “We’ve got to go in town to get everything.”

Resident Phillip Gesell said the city needs to develop the area differently from other neighborhoods because of its high poverty rate.

“We need to have more diversification into the lower incomes and cater more to the lower income people,” Gesell said.

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