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Mayor: Cary shifting growth to infill projects

Posted January 27

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— In his annual State of the Town address, Mayor Harold Weinbrecht said Cary is shifting its growth strategy from expanding on its edges to filling in spots across town.

"Our downtown has already experienced some areas of redevelopment and infill. It is being transformed from areas of older and deteriorated properties to new and exciting destination points," Weinbrecht said, citing the Cary Theater, the Mayton Inn and a new office building on Chatham Street.

Cary will see some road projects to relieve congestion, and the timing of traffic signals will be improved through new software, he said.

Among the challenges facing Cary, the mayor cited legislation that could cost the town up to 20 percent of its sales tax revenue.

"All of us recognize the issues that go along with growth, like congested streets and overcrowded schools," he said. The Council and Town staff will continue to work with the North Carolina Department of Transportation as well as the Wake and Chatham county commissioners and school boards for proactive solutions. It’s only through collaboration and partnerships that the best solutions are found."

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