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Wake Forest school chairman voices concern over high-speed rail project

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WAKE FOREST, N.C. -- As the Southeast High Speed Light Rail project moves along the public got an update this week on revisions to the proposal as well as a chance to give input on a light rail system that could end up being in some North Carolinians backyard in the future.

"There's a lot of people on this rail corridor, we'd like to here from them we'd like to know what they think. We'd like to get the information out," said SEHSR Program Project Manager.

For Thales Academy in Wake Forest, the proposed track runs through the school's property. One of many areas that would be greatly impacted by the project if it moves forward.

"They're going to spend three billion dollars and disrupt our neighborhoods, our schools, our playing fields," said Thales Academy Chairman Bob Luddy.

Luddy said he has yet to speak directly with the people in charge of the proposed light rail project, but recently he sent them a letter saying he will not relinquish the property without a fight.

"They would have to try and acquire our property and to do that they would have to file a lawsuit which we would fight. It's going to be a very long process before they ever get their hands on this school," said Luddy.

Hamel says public input is a big part of the Light Rail Project going forward.

"We'll see where they stand. Whether they like what they did to respond to their comments or whether they dislike it. It's an ongoing process," said Hamel.

A process the Thales Academy plans to fight to keep its school intact. ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP