The Greensboro City Council unanimously voted to deny a rezoning request for 2005 and 2007 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. at the Tuesday, July 18 meeting in the Katie Dorsett Council Chamber.

The request from Akan Davis was to rezone the 0.43 acre property from Commercial Low (CL) to Conditional District-Commercial-Medium (CD-C-M).

Davis said that he was requesting the rezoning in order to move his used car business, King’s Automotive, to that location.

Davis said his business plan was to “build in the community and support the needs of the local community.” He said that with a gas station across the street and because of the commercial nature of the area, he thought a used car lot would be a good fit.

The property has been zoned Commercial Low since 2010 and before that was zoned Limited Business (L-B).

As in many rezoning cases in Greensboro, there was a lot of neighborhood opposition to the rezoning request. But unlike most rezoning requests with neighborhood opposition, in this case the City Council sided with the neighbors, although the points made by the neighbors were much the same as in other rezoning cases.

Councilmembers congratulated Davis on his drive and business plan and then explained that the location he chose, property already zoned commercial on a busy corridor, was not a good fit.

Councilmember Goldie Wells said, “I’m proud of him for wanting to be a businessman, but I’m quite concerned about the folk that live in the area. We are really intentional about trying to uplift our neighborhood. A car lot in his area is not the best fit for a business.”

Councilmember Hugh Holston said, “I will not be voting in favor of this request, but I really do appreciate your vision and your drive and your expertise.”

Councilmember Yvonne Johnson said, “I appreciate your plan, that’s just not the right place but there are places very close that might work for you.”

Councilmember Sharon Hightower said that every time she met with Davis, she told him, “That’s not a good fit on that corner. I don’t like the idea of a car lot there.”

The Planning Department staff had recommended in favor of the rezoning request and noted that it fit with the goals of the GSO2040 Comprehensive Plan.