Raleigh, North Carolina — Big changes are coming to Raleigh’s seaboard station area.
A mixed-use development is under construction where people will live and shop.
However, it has caused problems for some businesses in the neighborhood. Some business owners say the project is taking parking spaces away from dependent customers.
Michael Bell is the owner of the record store Hunky Dory at 111 Seaboard Ave. Suite 116. Outside his business, a huge new building is under construction.
Bell said the project’s footprint engulfed parking spaces where customers had parked. He said the construction took away an entire row of public parking lots, about 20 parking spaces.
“We were already having trouble finding a place to park,” Bell said.
Autumn Hicks, founder of Mon Macaron Dessert Shop, agreed with Bell’s opinion on parking.
“For the last six months, it’s been a big issue for us,” Hicks said.
Bell said it’s sometimes so bad that even employees can’t find parking to open doors to businesses.
“Are you going to kick us out, or are you going to do something about this?” Bell asked city leaders.
Bell wants to know why the city allowed a developer to be spotted. He has sought help from his landlord, but he continues to struggle.
The new development will bring more people to this shopping center. One building is full of new apartments.
“We’re very excited about it, but we’re struggling right now,” Hicks said.
Bell shared Hicks’ sentiments.
“It’s totally understandable, but what are you going to do in the future if you’re 90 percent down in hopes of one day being great,” Bell said.
WRAL News has also reached out to the city about plans for the development and has contacted the landlord for the business, but has yet to hear back.