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Neighbors protest proposed 3rd Cary Publix

Posted January 25, 2016
Updated January 26, 2016

— Neighbors in one Cary community are raising concerns about a proposed Publix grocery store.

Publix announced plans last week to build a store on a 21-acre lot on the corner of Green Level Church Road and Carpenter Fire Station Road. The store would be the third Publix to serve Cary.

At a Monday night meeting, neighbors voiced concerns about plans and it seemed as though the closer they lived to the proposed project, the more they were against it.

Neighbors in the nearby Arlington Park Community said the new retail project would bring traffic, noise and crime for a supermarket they don’t need.

“It’s going to lead to a lot of construction, it’s going to lead to a lot of ideas that we’re going to have lights on later at night and with increased retail space, with increased commercial development is traffic and the possibility of crime potentially increasing,” said resident Ryan McCormick.

Existing zoning called for more homes on the land, but Tuesday night, the Planning and Zoning Board voted 7-to-1 to recommend a zoning change to the town council to allow the development to move forward. Developers responded to opposition about the change by adding medium density residential property within their commercial plans.

“We’ve relocated buildings, we’ve addressed street lights, we’ve done what we think is a pretty thorough job of trying to mitigate concerns with the commercial being adjacent to residential development,” said Glenda Toppe, a consultant for the developers.

Town staffers said there may be need for the grocery store in the area and seemed to favor the proposal.

The project must clear several more hurdles to become a reality.

The developer, The Sembler Company, said it appreciated the feedback of residents and wants to continue the "collaborative process we have implemented to ensure that this development will be an asset to surrounding communities."

"Throughout this process, we have learned that many homeowners and Town Council members agree that this is a much better use of this land than alternatives such as high density residential development," Sembler spokesman Mike Trainor said in a statement. "We are pleased with the Town of Cary Planning and Zoning Board’s 7-1 vote to send the comprehensive plan amendment to Town Council with a recommendation to approve. We look forward to continuing this process with local residents and government.”


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  • Gsp Winner Jan 27, 2016
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    We need another Whole Foods that's closer.

  • Richard Wood Jan 26, 2016
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    Ha. You moved to Cary and are surprised they are building around you? The whole area around there sprung up from farmland and forests within the last 5 years.

  • Rodney Hill Jan 26, 2016
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    This, this, and more this. If you choose to live in Urban sprawl, then you deserve to deal with things like traffic.

    I guess they'd rather have a Food Lion!

  • Larry Price Jan 26, 2016
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    based on what it looks like on Google, this would fit in with development on the other 3 sides of the intersection.

  • anelledge Jan 26, 2016

    If they can put nasty apartments next to me than you can deal with a nice grocery store - SUCK IT UP.

  • New Holland Jan 26, 2016
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    We've seen Cary go from 10 people to almost 100,000 people west of Hwy55, so nothing will surprise me to see just about anything go up out here.
    While everything new and shinny looks great, what will happen in 30-40yrs when it's not new and shinny anymore. How about making the developer put 50k in an escrow account so that if this turns into urban blight the town can tear it down and plant the trees back?
    Just go drive around some areas of Greensboro or Rocky Mount and see what happens when the new and shinny wear off.

  • Matt Nickeson Jan 26, 2016
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    Is certainly an interesting thing isn't it Thomas and Robert? Change is interesting in that is it always inevitable and always opposed by some. It seems, from the article, that the developer has been responsive to the surrounding community and tried to mitigate their concerns. I also agree completely with you Thomas about the zoning. The way that Cary has zoned the density of new construction is ridiculous and obviously a means to increase the tax base to fullest extent possible. You are hard pressed to find a property in Cary that has enough backyard to put even a child's playset. In many communities you can literally touch both neighboring houses at the same time.

  • John McCray Jan 26, 2016
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    Who knew that grocery stores were such havens for crime?

  • Robert J. Howarth Sr Jan 26, 2016
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    You move into the Urban Sprawl, Then complain abt the Urban sprawl.

  • Thomas White Jan 26, 2016
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    I like that people who move into housing developments that were once country complaining about traffic. If the people who are complaining about Publix used the same argument against their own development they would find people in the area didn't want them either. At least with the grocery store they are not packing the property so tight you can jump from rooftop to rooftop. If Cary wants to rezone property from agricultural to a higher density then they should at least require a minimum lot size per square footage of house with proper setbacks.