Press release

Cultural Landscape Group:Flat Rock urges Flat Rock village council to cancel N. Highland Lake Road project


Flat Rock, North Carolina, April 20, 2018 — After listening to the presentation at the April 13 special village council meeting and reviewing the NCDOT modified plan for the N. Highland Lake Road project (NCDOT project no. U-5887), the Cultural Landscape Group:Flat Rock is urging the Flat Rock village council to vote to cancel the project at their April 27 meeting.

“There are so many unknowns and negative impacts that will happen if this project continues,” said Annie Coletta, a Flat Rock resident and CLG member. “NCDOT has acknowledged that they did not initiate this project—it is unnecessary and a waste of taxpayer money. Pinecrest Presbyterian is losing all of their tree buffer, historic properties are being significantly damaged, and I can’t even imagine how much harm and visual devastation will occur around King Creek and the Highland Lake dam as the roadway is expanded, walls are constructed, and a box culvert is added.”

In addition to those items, CLG is also concerned that widening the intersection of N. Highland Lake Road and Greenville Highway will encourage big rigs and tractor trailers to use the road, putting pressure on Greenville Highway, one of only 60 designated Scenic Byways in the State of North Carolina. Adding left turn lanes and dampening curves on the road will allow cars to go faster, and tying the proposed multiuse path into The Park at Flat Rock trail system will result in 24-hour access to the park, which is only open dawn to dusk.

Other concerns include the cutting down of trees, the loss of park property, and the negative impact on property owners the entire length of the road.

The Flat Rock village council will be considering the N. Highland Lake Road project at a special village council meeting on Friday, April 27, at 10:00 a.m., to be held in the parish hall of St John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, 1895 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock.

The Cultural Landscape Group:Flat Rock is dedicated to preserving the cultural landscape of Flat Rock in a way that reflects the character and history of the area. For more information, check or contact us at

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