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Proposed Rezoning For Warehouses Draws Protest From Olive Branch Residents

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OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (FOX13) - A proposed rezoning for warehouses east of Olive Branch is drawing protest from those who live in neighborhoods near the proposed warehouses.

Everything from the noise pollution to the traffic to the value of homes dropping are some of the concerns many residents have regarding the proposal.

There are those in favor of the warehouses, but, as one might expect, they are primarily the developers.

According to the developers, one of the biggest benefits would be the creation of as many as 3,000 jobs to the area. Charles Wilkins who lives near the area proposed for rezoning is not in favor at all.

"The value of the homes, nobody is going to build a home next door to a warehouse," Wilkins said.

The proposed area is the White's family cattle ranch, some 265 acres just east of Goodman and Hacks Cross. Hillwood is the company proposing the development and says it would bring in almost two million dollars in property and sales tax revenue annually which will benefit the area. But, nearby residents say they’re concerned about an increase in tractor trailer traffic. Hillwood says traffic would only increase by 5 percent.

"That I think is underestimating a whole lot because the traffic is going to be considerable. You get 3,000 employees going in and out and you get all the 18 wheelers in and out," Wilkins continues.

Hillwood says they would provide a buffer 15 times more than what is mandated by DeSoto County, and neatly landscape the area. Most homeowners who showed up thought the development needed to go elsewhere.

"Well everybody views warehouses as the dirty side of town and we don’t want to be the dirty side of town. We want progressive growth that supports the neighborhood," said Kim Sellers who lives next to the area proposed for rezoning.

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