The Greensboro Zoning Commission unanimously approved Atlanta-based Halpern Development’s request to rezone 6.7 acres of land on the corner of Friendly Avenue and Hobbs Road for a proposed retail and residential development near Friendly Center.

The Zoning Commission signed off on the project in spite of strong opposition from nearby residents, who plan to file a protest petition before the City Council, which could consider the proposal at its May 19 meeting. Stay tuned — this showdown has been brewing for quite some time now.