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Land next to popular state park in Wake County could soon be targeted for demolition

CARY, N.C. (WNCN) -- Land right next to a popular state park could soon be targeted for demolition.

The RDU Airport Authority will meet on Friday to discuss leasing the mineral rights to Wake Stone, a company that wants to turn it into a rock quarry.

UPDATE: RDU Airport Authority votes to move forward with plan for quarry next to Umstead

Eleven years ago, Tamara Dunn and her family moved out to this property along Old Reedy Creek Road and the Umstead State Park for one reason.

"Because it was quiet, peaceful, and my husband likes to bike," said Tamara Dunn.

While the area is popular amongst cyclist, hikers, and even campers Dunn says something else is threatening her peace of mind.

"They want to put a quarry right over here on the property," said Dunn. "It's a fairly good size, and maybe 50 to 100 feet across the fence. We've got nothing from the airport or Wake Stone, about what that will look like, or living next to it."

I tried to take Dunn's questions and concerns to both the RDU Airport Authority and Wake Stone, but both sides declined to comment.

"The property should be used as a recreational property," said Dunn. "It makes no sense to put a quarry in there."

"It would be the first time any private rock quarry was on public lands in North Carolina," said Dr. Jean Spooner. "That's a bad precedent."

Dr. Jean Spooner and the Umstead Coalition have been working on a competing plan to preserve the property, offering the RDU Airport Authority nearly $6.5 million.

"They have had zero meetings of public discussion at the airport authority to discuss our alternatives," said Spooner.

"Nobody wants to live by a quarry," said Dunn. "Somebody has to but nobody wants to."

That's why she believes it's illegal for the airport authority to vote without the ok of the four municipalities that own the property.

"We're going to fight back," said Dunn.

The RDU Airport authority meeting is Friday at 9 a.m.

CBS17 will have a crew there, and will provide updates as soon as a vote is taken. 


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