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Homes planned for one-time Wake school site

Posted November 11, 2014

— Neighbors who fought the Wake County Public School System's plans to build a high school near their Wake Forest homes are now gearing up to battle a proposed residential development on the site.

The school district still owns the 80 acres along Forestville Road, just north of Louisburg Road, and wants to sell it to a developer that would build up to 320 homes on the land.

The Raleigh Planning Commission will meet Wednesday morning to discuss rezoning the site to accommodate the homes. Nearby residents said they will present the commission with a petition against the zoning change.

"We know that we can't stop progress, but we would like to slow it down, preserve a little more of the green areas that we have," said Angela McCarty, who has lived across the street from the property for 20 years.

McCarty said she worries about traffic, property values dropping and her country life.

"It's going to be another nightmare on this road," she predicted, if the development goes through.

Similar concerns were aired five years ago, when the Board of Education bought the land for a high school. The school board decided in February 2010 to abandon the site and wound up building what is now Rolesville High School about 5 miles to the east.

John Felmet said he moved to the Forestville Road area 10 years ago for a country feel that's not too far from Raleigh.

"We liked being out here to where we were not bunched up on people and we had a little more privacy," Felmet said, adding he doesn't want to lose that atmosphere.

"It would be nice if they could built a community with two houses per acre so we would have a lot less traffic," he said.


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  • jimcricket15 Nov 12, 2014

    Sorry folks but your chances are zero. Assume Wake County gets 2000 in taxes per home and Raleigh gets 2000 per home. That is 640000 to the County and 640000 to the city and that does not even count all the fees and taxes and such that will be collected before and during the construction of these homes. All kinds of county taxes and fees and city taxes and fees. Nope the greedy politicians will be grabbing at that money. I hope at least the school system is smart enough to make a profit on the land sale and I have no doubt those of us that paid for that land purchase will receive a check for our share of the profits.

  • -f Nov 12, 2014

    One should also imagine what might happen to land they don't own surrounding their home. Unless you own the deed, you don't get to control the outcomes.

  • glarg Nov 12, 2014

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    Exactly- its not fair to expect someone else to tie up their property and capital for the benefit of your views.

  • recontwice Nov 11, 2014

    Wake Forest is moving up on the complainers scale to be on a par with N Raleigh and Cary!!

  • tri123 Nov 11, 2014

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    In general I would agree, however they thought ahead and bought in an area that was not zoned for density. It would be like if you had an urban home and suddenly someone decided to pull out the house next to you and put in a factory- you'd probably fight the zoning change too. Zoning exists so people can have some confidence in making long-term land purchases.

  • Donald Holder Nov 11, 2014
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    If these people want to "preserve a little more of the green areas", then they need to purchase the land and "preserve" it.