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Durham City Council rejects controversial 751 annexation

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Durham City Council voted late Monday night to reject a utility extension agreement and subsequently the future of a controversial development plan for southern Durham. Durham City Council voted late Monday night to reject a utility extension agreement and subsequently the future of a controversial development plan for southern Durham.
DURHAM, N.C. -

Durham City Council voted late Monday night to reject a utility extension agreement and subsequently the future of a controversial development plan for southern Durham.

The City Council voted 4-3 Monday to reject the annexation of land off Highway 751, which would have allowed developers of new retail space and apartments access to city services live water, sewer and police.

The city unanimously rejected the annexation last year.

Last year, Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) filed a bill that would have forced the city to extend utilities to the project. The bill passed the state House, but failed in the Senate.

Opponents of the annexation worry that with the City Council's vote, House Republicans will try again to force the city to offer its services. In fact, Durham Mayor Bill Bell said "no matter what action we take," state lawmakers will take action.

"Those lands are lightly developed, if developed at all," said Steve Bocckino, who is opposed to the 751 annexation. "If that is approved, that part of the county will look like Southpoint Mall."

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