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Brier Creek expansion would add offices, shops, homes

Posted June 5, 2012
Updated June 6, 2012

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— The City Council gave unanimous approval Tuesday to a master plan for expanding the Brier Creek development in northwest Raleigh.

American Asset Corp., which owns Brier Creek, wants to rezone 38.5 acres west of Arco Corporate Drive to accommodate a 1.63 million-square-foot mixed-use development.

"Brier Creek continues to grow. We'll have a place where, eventually, someone could live and literally walk across the bridge and enjoy the restaurants, the theater and the other retailers here," said Joe Dye, executive vice president of American Asset who oversees the Charlotte-based developer's Raleigh projects.

Developers plan to add office buildings, up to 600 residential units, 300 hotel rooms and up to 115,000 square feet of retail space to the area tucked between Interstate 540 and Brier Creek Parkway. There would be two parking decks, as well as off-street parking, in the project.

"I think it will bring a lot more business this way. I mean, this area is growing a lot," said Rachel Parisi, who was shopping at Brier Creek Commons on Tuesday.

Some people said Brier Creek is already too crowded, and they fear even more congestion.

"Traffic is already a little heavy on this side of town. I would imagine doing this would only make it worse," shopper James Lyle said.

Brier Creek sign Some worry Brier Creek growth will add to congestion, hurt environment

"I'm a little concerned about that (expansion plan) because it gets pretty crowded in here on the weekends and especially around the holidays," shopper John Rosenquist said.

Developers said extra roads have already been built to help ease congestion, and an additional lane could be added to the I-540 exit ramp, if needed. They also said that having more residences nearby would mean more people could go out to eat and shop at the development without having to drive there.

Others said they were skeptical about the environmental impact of a larger development, saying they would prefer the natural beauty of the wooded area along the banks of Brier Creek to remain.

"The (Research Triangle Park) has been growing so much and expanding that just a lot of the natural scenery and open spaces are just disappearing," shopper Courtney Harrington said.

No timetable has been set for the project.

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  • Not Now Jun 6, 2012

    Catman, I live near BC (bought my house before BC was built), and while I do not have chickens wander into my yard, I do have rabbits and deer. :-) Last Friday, I saw one of the neighbor's cats playing chase with a young buck. Very cute!

  • They call me CATMAN Jun 6, 2012

    This is why I live in a nice quiet place in a rural area of JOCO. I hate when I have to come into that area of Raleigh too much traffic and parking spaces are hard to find most of the time. It may take me 40 mins to get to work. but all you who live in the BC area how many of you can say you have a hen come into your yard everyday of a rabbit or a deer. You can have the urban sprawl.

  • 426X3 Jun 6, 2012

    Heaven forbid a little green space is left around Briar Creek.

  • rand321 Jun 6, 2012

    I wish they would extend ACC BLVD across the 540 to Westgate to make it easier to get to and from the Brier Creek area.

  • caseofthefoo Jun 6, 2012

    "s.wake.co Not even close to being a relevent statement. In the '40's there wasn't a shopping center/strip mall on seemingly EVERY street corner in North Raleigh or 20 years of sprawl." - caseofthefoo

    Solely your opinion on how you see things and interpret reality. I have my opinion which is no less valid than yours. Who died and made you the opinion's sheriff?

    s.wake.co

    Opinion plays no part in it. It's a FACT that there were dozens and dozens fewer shopping centers in the 40's. So, your comparison of then and now on this topic doesn't hold water.

  • pooodaddy Jun 6, 2012

    I just hope they make the parking lots easier to navigate than the current one. They are a mess!

  • s.wake.co Jun 6, 2012

    "s.wake.co Not even close to being a relevent statement. In the '40's there wasn't a shopping center/strip mall on seemingly EVERY street corner in North Raleigh or 20 years of sprawl." - caseofthefoo

    Solely your opinion on how you see things and interpret reality. I have my opinion which is no less valid than yours. Who died and made you the opinion's sheriff?

  • wake1794 Jun 6, 2012

    I am one who is tired of chain restaurants, stores, strip malls and new housing developments on every patch of grass the developers can find to build on. Raleigh has been my home for just about my entire life and I have grown weary of congestion and crowds everywhere I go. The planners, Wake County Board of Commissioners and the Raleigh City Council will continue to spread sprawl as long as their pockets are filled with cash from these projects. Cash comes before quality of life in Wake County now and I predict that future generations will rue the decisions that are being made now. I am leaving Wake County for greener and more tranquil surroundings in the near future and I don't think I'll be the only one to make this decision. The powers that be can live with the Frankenstein that they are creating.

  • ThatGuyYetAgain Jun 6, 2012

    I've lived in the Bethesda area (near Brier Creek) since the early 90s. The B.C. development has been the greatest thing that has come along in those 20 years. More please, faster please!

  • caseofthefoo Jun 6, 2012

    It seems to me that if these environmentalist protestors were around back in the late 40s, there would be no Cameron Village today.

    s.wake.co

    Not even close to being a relevent statement. In the '40's there wasn't a shopping center/strip mall on seemingly EVERY street corner in North Raleigh or 20 years of sprawl.

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