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Residents upset about proposed restaurant in Albany neighborhood area

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dozens of Albany homeowners voiced concerns about the rezoning of residential property in the 2400 block of Whispering Pines Circle, to build a Captain D's. 

Entering Dawson Road from Whispering Pines Circle has become a daily hazard for Cindy Neal and other residents.

"Cause these businesses that are over here are going to really hurt," said Neal. 

Neal showed WALB's Re-essa Buckels why she's against turning the vacant residential property on Whispering Pines Circle into a Captain D's.

"You cannot cross Dawson Road anymore, getting out of this neighborhood and turning to the left, it's almost impossible to do," explained Neal. 

Neal grew up in the neighborhood behind the road, and she said with the recent business development, it's always congested with traffic.

And she thinks, it will get worse with a new restaurant. 

Neal's mother Frances Meadow said she's also worried about the late-night hours. 

"At night, it is quiet in this neighborhood and cars with loud music playing," remarked Meadow. 

Meadow also watched residents cut through the community to avoid the intersection at Dawson and Whispering Pines.

"If they're in a hurry, maybe to get to Westover, they might not take their time and watch for children," explained Meadow. 

Albany city commissioners tabled the decision at the last meeting, requesting the Zoning Department to run a traffic survey. 

"It's the last residentially-zoned property for that stretch of road," said Albany-Dougherty Planning Director, Paul Forgey. 

Neal was also concerned about crime after hearing the Family Dollar on Dawson was robbed. 

Albany city commissioners tabled the decision until July 25, when the traffic count will be ready for review.

Neal and Meadow aren't opposed to the commercial property being built in the area.

They would prefer a more neighborhood and family-friendly business such as an office or child daycare center. Something that's only open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and not a late night restaurant.

WALB also reached out to the business owner who didn't have a comment. 

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