(WMC-TV) – More jobs could be headed to Shelby County, if one local dealership has its way.
Auto Nation hopes to build a Dobbs Honda dealership on the northeast corner of Hacks Cross Road and Highway 385.
At a time when new development is at a standstill, Dobbs Honda has applied to convert a 21.4 acre plot of land into a new car dealership.
Neighbor David Lee welcomes the project.
"It'll be alright," said Lee.
But neighbor Daranique Roberts feels differently.
"More money, more taxes," Roberts stated.
The application says taxpayers will not come out of pocket for the project.
And the dealership would follow strict guidelines, including a brick building exterior, regulation landscaping and a water quality area.
Action News 5 obtained a map of the proposed site, which shows a dealership showroom and lot would be built on half the property. The other half would be left undeveloped.
The Nonconnah Creek Drainage Canal buffers the site from the residential neighborhood and Hacks Cross would serve as the main entrance.
"That's bringing more traffic to an already cluttered area," said Roberts
Builders took that into account and prohibited test drives in the residential areas.
They also conducted a traffic impact study and found a new car dealership would actually bring 60% less traffic than the original plan.
In 2005, the land was approved for hotel, retail and restaurant space.
The project has strong support on the Shelby County Commission.
"That gives people work, people that are going to work a time and place and construction workers," said Lee.
Commissioners vote on the resolution Wednesday.