Atoka residents oppose planned development - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

Atoka residents oppose planned development

Developers and Atoka residents are trying to work out details about a proposed shopping center and self-storage facility that's set to be built in the backyard of residents there. 

Plans for the 25 acres of land have Atoka residents heated.

"It doesn't improve my quality of life here at all - this is my quality of life - this is why I moved here - not to look at a storage shed," said resident Robin Barnett.

If approved, homes and a shopping center will be built at the corner of Atoka-Idaville and Rosemark Roads. 

What worries residents is a planned self storage facility and 12-foot wall that will be put up around the shopping center's perimeter.

"As of right now, it will look like a prison wall - all people are gonna be missing is the machine gun nests," said resident Bill Anderson.

Neighbors believe the storage facility will bread crime and drugs. 

Developers said they're trying to eliminate any threat by putting restrictions on the land.

Developer Trey Hayden said, "Landscaping, signage, lighting - all that would be controlled, even maintenance of buildings and landscaping going forward."

Other neighbors favor the development and said proper locks and surveillance will keep criminal activity down.

"Why would a criminal even think about going someplace where there's constant 24
hour surveillance monitoring," said neighbor Bob Harman.

Many moved to the area for the rural setting.

And whatever the outcome, neighbors are hoping for a compromise.

"This is why we moved here, why we bought this piece of land and the adjoining property - to preserve this," continued Barnett.

Atoka residents are meeting Wednesday to sign a petition against the development.

The Atoka board of aldermen is set to discuss the issue during their July meeting.

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