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Developer offers to fund pedestrian bridge at Crabtree mall

Posted April 11, 2013

— The long-sought pedestrian bridge over Glenwood Avenue near the Crabtree Valley Mall might finally come to fruition.

The bridge could come as a part of a redevelopment project on Charles Drive, off of Lead Mine Road, which is known for being one of the most congested parts of the city. Developers have committed to paying for building and maintaining the bridge that would connect the north and south side of Glenwood Avenue.

The connection would give pedestrians and bicyclists safe and easy access to the mall and the nearby greenways.

There would also be some other connectivity improvements, including a connecting road to Marriott Drive.

The project is to redevelop an existing 112-unit apartment community. The plans for the mixed-use project include 175 residential units and 125,000 square feet of retail space with small boutiques and restaurants.

Developers say the retail space won’t be built until the pedestrian bridge is constructed.

“We are open to whatever it takes,” Attorney Robin Curin said of getting the bridge built.

The bridge is a part of the city’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan and is an old request from area residents. Traffic along Glenwood has been a complaint, and came up last April during discussion of another mixed-use development in the area.

The developer isn’t the only one who has a say in the construction of the bridge. In order for it to be connected to the mall, both the developer and mall executives must come to an agreement.

While mall representatives have expressed openness and support for the bridge, ultimately it will have to be in the best interest of their tenants and trustees.

The bridge, and additional connection to Marriott Drive, is to alleviate the impact the new development would have on the traffic-plagued intersection.

Neither is expected to fix the problem, but could convert some driving traffic into pedestrian traffic as area residents, workers or hotel guests opt to walk instead of drive across the street.

“I couldn’t imagine what this city could ask more of a developer,” Planning Commissioner Steven Schuster said this week.

He encouraged city staff, the developer and mall representatives to continue their discussions so that the bridge project can be moved forward.

The project could be considered for a vote by the City Council next week.

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  • Scubagirl Apr 12, 11:14 a.m.

    I would imagine that the tunnel is prone to flooding much like Crabtree Creek but a bridge would not be. Its a good idea and most definitely needed more than at North Hills.

  • monkeyboy Apr 12, 9:22 a.m.

    "The tunnel is very, very creepy! Not safe at all during nightime. I don't see how you can compare that thing to a bridge." - gracious

    what tunnel? i've been all around crabtree on greenways and sidewalks and i've never seen a tunnel. the greenway does go beneath some bridges, but unless you've been there at that time, how can you claim they're not safe at night? certainly no less so than a bridge or sidewalk would be. not to mention, the greenway closes at dusk - if you were there after dark, you were breaking the law... =)

  • IndependentAmerican Apr 12, 9:10 a.m.

    I might go to Crabtree once or twice a year... but only if I have to. The parking garage and traffic pattern is the worst I've seen in 40 plus years of driving.

  • shortcake53 Apr 11, 7:40 p.m.

    There is nothing I need so badly that I will go to Crabtree for. Lots of other places to shop that are not nearly as aggrevating or so spread out that it takes all day to get from one end to the other. It used to be nice, now its just too big.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 11, 5:47 p.m.

    I do not go to Crabtree. I used to go there, but after they expanded the mall itself and with ever increasing traffic volume it just got annoying to me to go there. I rarely go to stores anyway and there are easier options closer to me than Crabtree.

  • gracious Apr 11, 5:36 p.m.

    The tunnel is very, very creepy! Not safe at all during nightime. I don't see how you can compare that thing to a bridge.

  • Cock a doodle doo Apr 11, 4:38 p.m.

    The picture does make it confusing if you don't read the actual story.

  • Cock a doodle doo Apr 11, 3:39 p.m.

    You folks aren't getting it. This is for new development which is behind Marriott (between Leadmine and Creedmoor. It would make the mall easily accessible to that area, the greenway goes under crabtree 1/2 mile away and across 2 other motor roads. If the developer wants to build it, and it meets criteria for the City and DOT, let him/her do it.

  • LuvLivingInCary Apr 11, 3:21 p.m.

    who cares...the developer is paying for it...am i missing something.

  • geoherb1 Apr 11, 2:30 p.m.

    I also don't see the need for a pedestrian bridge over Glenwood because there's already a greenway under the existing bridges. Perhaps what is need is a connecting link of greenway for pedestrians coming from Lead Mine. It seems like a bridge is needed closer to Marriott Drive or the Creedmore Road intersections.

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