Community members near Lowell are speaking up Tuesday night to ensure a quarry is not built in their backyards.
The residential meeting was packed wall to wall as dozens gathered to talk about how they plan to make sure this project doesn’t go through.
“I don’t want a rock quarry in my backyard,” said Lowell resident Alfred Jones.
“We as community members, as neighbors, as citizens, as tax payers, as property owners, don’t want this to mar our landscape and to ruin some of the beauty that is Northwest Arkansas,” said Lowell Jade Edster.
The 135 acres off of Old Wire Road are known as the Cross Hollows mines . It is currently operated as a red dirt mine but the benton county planning board is looking at making it into a rock quarry. Nearby residents are concerned about the possibly hazardous construction and are now speaking out.
“Twice a week it’s likes having a small earthquake, you feel it the house shakes,” said Springdale resident Charles Huebner.
Springdale resident Charles Huebner lives next to the sharp quarry and said he is an example of how it will change resident’s quality of life.
“Cracked walls, it’s caused footing issues that i’ve had to have repaired. The truck traffic is considerable it creates problems for us, not just being able to get around but it has destroyed our roads over and over,” said Huebner.
According to the U.S. Senate, property values adjacent to quarries decrease by 30 percent. If passed, the benton county planning commission told those who live near the mine they will experience “blasting” of the area for an estimated 25 years.
Those relying on wells are concerned the mining will take away the only source of water they have.
“There is no rural water available within a 2 and a half mile area from all of us,” said Jones.
Hueber said he encourages residents to fight against it.
“For these people here, they’ve got an opportunity to say we don’t want this quarry and I sure hope somebody listens to them because their lives are going to be severly impaired,” said Huebner.
We are working with geology and civil engineer experts to get the facts on how construction could affect community members, as every property is different.
Benton County Planning Director told us in a statement, “This project remains under review by the Benton County Planning Board. Upon consideration of these concerns and the need for additional information from the applicant requested by the Board, the Planning Board tabled the project to the December 5th meeting where the project will be up for consideration again.”