Cray and Kathy Gunn eagerly supported plans for a free-standing library for Carrboro — until they learned the site rezoning would redirect traffic past their home.
After they voiced complaints but failed to stop Carrboro’s Board of Aldermen from approving in April the lot’s rezoning, they hired a lawyer to represent their concerns.
Cray Gunn said that plan worked — the Orange County Board of Commissioners rejected the 210 Hillsborough Road site at their Aug. 23 meeting, which residents attended to speak against the location.
County officials cited the cost, more than $600,000, and the lot’s heavily residential locale as reasons for the rejection.
While their road is safe from library traffic, the Gunns say they felt ignored by most local officials throughout the process.
But Dan Coleman, a Carrboro alderman, said residents’ concerns were considered but had to be balanced with local demand for a library.
Because Orange County would fund library construction, it filed an application to rezone the proposed site for development.
But the Carrboro Board of Aldermen needed to approve the application for it to take effect, said Craig Benedict, Orange County planning director.
And at that point, concerned citizens got involved.