Residents Reactions on Country Crossing Location

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Things on Smithville Road in Houston County have been quiet for Pat Cleveland and the horses she helps rehabilitate, but soon that will change.

"Our assistant had come in the house this morning and said ‘guess what, it's going to be right across the street and right on our property boundaries up the road’," Cleveland said.

Thursday’s purchase of land for Country Crossing just so happens to be the same land that is directly across the street from Cleveland’s home.

It’s something Cleveland says she couldn't be happier about. "This is a great opportunity,” she says. “It'll bring people from all over North America into Houston County. So, I'm pleased, I'm very happy."

And, Clevelend isn't the only resident that feels that way.

Larry Avery lives two miles from where the entertainment complex will be located and can't understand why so many are opposing it. "I don't understand why they don't want it. I mean it's more money in the cities, in the counties; like I say, it’s more money for schools and it’s something for people to do."

Avery says there are many who say they oppose the project, but their actions seem to prove otherwise. "There's people I know of that go play the lotto, they go across the line and play the lotto, but yet they turn around and denounce something like this, that's going to bring benefits, that's stupid."

Cleveland agrees and says she is ready for the project to get underway.

A developer with Ronnie Gilley says they are comfortable with the amount of land they have purchased so far; however, they are not ruling out purchasing more in the future.

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