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BLOOD BOILS OVER INDEPENDENCE

BLOOD BOILS OVER INDEPENDENCE
Assistant Charlotte City Manager Jim Schumacher fields questions from business owners regarding the widening of Independence Boulevard at a local YMCA.

More than 50 business owners, CRE execs, and neighborhood reps recently voiced their concerns (but mostly  disgust) over the $152M widening of Independence Blvd. The saga played out over more than two hours at an East Charlotte Y, with assistant city manager Jim Schumacher fielding often barbed questions. Before year end, a 1.5-mile leg of Independence is set to be widened east of North Sharon Amity Road, forcing the relocation of about 150 businesses. CRE exec Jim Cavalaris of Cavalaris Enterprises owns a bowling center on Independence. ?I don't see how they're going to get any development there once they widen this road,? he said. Councilwoman Nancy Carter, whose district includes Independence, said the purpose of the meeting was to allow people to speak their piece. ?It's crucial that people be allowed to say what they need to say.?