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Cary residents oppose commercial development on Fire Station Road

Posted September 9, 2015

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— As the Triangle area grows, development will continue to be a hot topic. The Town of Cary could see some major changes soon and Wednesday night people living in the town met with developers to discuss rezoning.

The mood at times was a little tense during the meeting where developers spoke about a handful of rezoning issues. One that had a lot of people’s attention was a piece of land near Fire Station Road. Developers are proposing a mixed use but a lot of residents are opposed to the idea.

Wednesday night’s meeting was part of a very preliminary phase of a rezoning proposal at Carpenter Fire Station Road but dozens of people living near the area are already unhappy about it.

“Suburban amenities combined with the country feel and what we don’t want is to have it overtaken by very aggressive commercial development,” said resident Mary Lee

The developers at the meeting presented a map to the crowd to give them an overhead visual of the 21 acres of land they’re considering for use. The idea is to change the area from a space designated for medium density residential use and rezone it for commercial mixed use.

“I’ve seen commercial areas develop in many different place that I’ve lived and they have a tendency to attract crime,” said resident Jeff Meyer.

Developers said that even though they could, they don’t have plans for residential development on that piece of land.

They tried to reassure the crowd that they’ve taken the needs of the area into consideration, although right now plans are not set for the specific businesses that will go there.

Some residents said that they believe they can come to some middle ground, but tons of retail is not the answer.

“People just don’t want all that development,” said Lee. ”We’re all happy to drive down the road to Target down there. We don’t want it in our backyard.”


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  • Mannin Black Sep 10, 2015
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    I blame Obama for the lack of job creation due to local residences blocking commercial development. Imagine all the jobs being turned away due the "not in my backyard" mentality.

  • Teddy Fowler Sep 10, 2015
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    I was thinking the exact same thing Carol. People act like the world didn't begin until they moved in their neighborhood... and now they want no more development.

  • Carol Smithfield Sep 10, 2015
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    "People just don't want all that development."
    By the way... the area she is referring to was scrub pines and dirt roads some 20 years ago and is now Cary West. With rooftops commercial follows - that's how the market works. If you don't mind driving to Target, did you consider that other stores might open in this particular commercial area and a few more badly needed restaurants. Get real Cary West! You brought development with you when you moved in. The viability of additional commercial is simply a reflection of the maturation of this process that you started.