More homes, more traffic planned for Crabtree mall area
Posted July 24, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — The strip of Glenwood Avenue encompassing Crabtree Valley Mall – already one of the most congested areas in the region – is about to welcome Creekside at Crabtree, a new, multi-family complex on Crabtree Valley Avenue, behind the mall and down the street from McDonald's.
Scheduled for completion in 2016, Creekside will feature 34 townhomes alongside 301 apartments, which will be a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. The property is connected to the upper-level parking deck of the mall, near Belk’s, through an existing bridge.
One of the largest concerns – aside from the fact that, like the mall, these new developments are located in a basin prone to flooding – is the potential impact on traffic in the surrounding area. During the morning rush, 8,000 cars pass through the area each hour; 10,000 per hour pass in the evening.
Given the property’s location, much of the new traffic flowing out of it will likely filter onto Creedmoor Road, and not directly onto Glenwood, as much of the current mall traffic does. Whether this will alleviate any of the added congestion brought by the hundreds of new residents remains to be seen.
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