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Cary planning board denies recommendation of Habitat homes project

Posted April 18

— A plan to build more Habitat for Humanity homes in Cary was hobbled Monday night when the town's planning board voted not to recommend the land for rezoning.

Habitat for Humanity originally wanted to build 23 homes on Trimble Avenue near West Chatham Street. The land there is surrounded by single-family homes.

The plan was scaled back to nine detached homes after neighbors said the new houses would lead to increased traffic, more flooding and declining property values.

Cary's board members said they support the organization but decided the project was not a good fit for the neighborhood.

The full town council will vote to accept or reject that recommendation.


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  • Henry Cooper Apr 18, 7:12 p.m.
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    There may be more to this than NIMBY but if anyone that thinks Cary is not selective about its residents has their eyes closed. Look at the city limits and what they have annexed then look at other townships (well Apex is modeling Cary of course). Look at the areas left out between those two. It is not a far jump for a reasonable person to see a little NIMBY there.


  • Stacie Hagwood Apr 18, 6:49 p.m.
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    You couldn't GIVE me a house in Cary. I'd turn around and sell it. Doesn't mean there aren't good people in Cary, I know there are. It is just that whole uppity, homogeniety, HOA-type community. Not for me. I'll take great neighbors over property values any day.

  • Matt Smithe Apr 18, 4:58 p.m.
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    Sssshhhhh...that's not the narrative that get clicks. Please help WRAL out by staying on message! (Hahaha, sorry, couldn't help myself)

    Great points Brickey Herkalo and Teddy Fowler. I really wish that WRAL would take the time to do this crazy thing called reporting. You know, gather and verify all of the facts and present an unbiased story with sufficient context as to allow understanding. I think WRAL may be plum out of those actual reporter types unfortunately.

  • Larry Price Apr 18, 12:43 p.m.
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    I see that right next to this intersection the Islamic Association of Cary is building a mosque there. Indicates to me that the neighborhood residents must be a pretty open minded group.

  • Linda Levine Apr 18, 12:27 p.m.
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    I wish Cary would be as concerned about all the traffic mess they create with the approval of more and more stores in the same areas (Walnut St). I think they care more about taxes and property values than providing homes to those in need. It has been a recurring issue in Cary. Apartments for those who don't have the money to pay thousands a month on rent are treated like poison too. If they want to help, did they recommend some areas that they would consider?

  • Teddy Fowler Apr 18, 12:17 p.m.
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    Cary gets Habitat homes projects all the time... I pass by some everyday... they just happen to not like this particular plan... Habitat will just need to look at other sites for this project....

  • Brickey Herkalo Apr 18, 12:10 p.m.
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    Morrisville Downing Glen resident: According to the meeting video that anyone can take the time to watch, the board members actually drove to the proposed site to try to visualize the layout in comparison to the surrounding homes. They based their decision on research, documented issues in that area and impact to the area. The same cannot be said of some other towns.
    How proud you must feel to make assumptions based on the very few facts carefully selected to be shared by the media. So simpleton of you to generalize and pass judgement on an entire town, probably having never visited and believing that Preston and Regency must represent it.
    How brave of you to purposely omit where you live in your post. I bet these residents would be happy to recommend your neighborhood. Typical - , yet outsider knows nothing.

  • Nisa Sloan Apr 18, 12:10 p.m.
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    WOW...Jim Frei.... I've lived in that exact area for over 20 years. There are many nationalities from all over the world in 3 mile radius in that area including me and I'm darker than beige...

  • Jim Frei Apr 18, 11:03 a.m.
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    When has Cary been concerned about increased traffic and more flooding? Oh wait, these houses will be occupied by non-beige people.

  • Frank Curcio Apr 18, 9:52 a.m.
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