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Hendrick Automall in the works near Streets at Southpoint

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Hendrick Auto plans to develop an automall near the Streets at Southpoint in Durham. Hendrick Auto plans to develop an automall near the Streets at Southpoint in Durham.
DURHAM, N.C. -

After years of trying to commercially develop a large chunk of land next to the Streets at Southpoint, the City of Durham, along with property owners, has finally given the go-ahead to Hendrick Auto and their developer WRS Inc., to build a new autopark mall in the area.

The Kentington Heights Subdivision is within minutes of the Streets at Southpoint, but it has been plagued by years of problems with their septic system.

Tony Hester has lived at the subdivision for more than 20 years, and said he's looking forward to house hunting where water issues will no longer be a problem for him and his family.

"I don't have to worry about filtering the water every month now" said Hester.

Enough property owners have signed a contract to sell their land within a few weeks so that Hendrick Auto and WRS Inc. can begin acquiring the necessary permits to break ground.

Durham Mayor Bill Bell said the city has been trying to develop the area commercially for years.

"It's going to be, in my opinion, a nice new property tax for the City of Durham," Bell said. "It wasn't until this latest venture that you've been able to get a sufficient number of property owners to agree to sell their property, and had a developer that was willing to construct the project we're talking about."

Homeowner T.C. Nicholson said it's about time this deal was inked. His move-out deadline is already rapidly approaching. He needs to find a new home by Nov. 15.

The current Hendrick Automall near downtown Durham sells Chevy's, Cadillacs, Buick's and GMC's. They will soon be moving from that location to the new one by the Streets at Southpoint by fall 2014, Hendrick Auto said.

Hendrick Auto said is also plans on building an adjacent Mercedes dealership by summer 2014.

Other homeowners who didn't want to talk on camera say although they are happy that they finally sold their property, they feel they got below market value.

T.C. Nicholson said he was among the reluctant, but sold his property for the good of the community.

To learn about how you can apply for a job with the new autopark mall, click here.

Eileen Park

Eileen joined WNCN after years of working as a foreign correspondent. During her time off, she enjoys relaxing with her dogs, reading, and exploring the Triangle. More>>

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