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Cary Living Not Just About Suburbia Anymore

Posted December 17, 2006

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— Developers of residential developments hope to redefine Cary living by building more homes in downtown Cary.

Town leaders say more residents will bring in more development.

One townhouse development is almost sold out and two other residential complexes are under development.

The Town Council recently approved a plan by Beazer Homes for 80 units, starting at about $240,000

Beazer Homes will build 80 three-story townhouses at Chatham and High House. Another building with shops and condominiums will be down the road.

"We think this will be more of the dual-income-no-kids situation," said Matthew Danielson with Beazer Homes. "And that's exactly what downtown Cary wants -- couples that live in downtown with disposable income."

Developers say downtown Cary offers homebuyers convenience.

"We're hoping that with the development of new places that are coming around us that we'll see more people that live here and want to shop here," said Jen Shedrick, who owns Cookies in Bloom in downtown Cary.

Cary has already invested money for upgrading downtown streets and sidewalks. Leaders are also also considering a cultural arts district and a town square.

Town leaders say the plans could become reality within the next 10 years, but they said it all begins with bringing more people living in downtown Cary.

"When you have residentials come in, that feed the restaurants. And it will bring additional services," said Cary Mayor Ernie McAlister. "Maybe, eventually, a boutique, a grocery store, would be a great thing to have here."
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  • photoz Dec 18, 2006

    Cary has run out of room to grow, now the only solution for more growth is to uproot the older parts of downtown.

    There is a lot of older(poorer) housing near downtown just ripe for developers to buy out and sell to more affluent buyers.

  • SomeRandomGuy Dec 18, 2006

    How does Chatham and High House qualify as downtown??

  • egwralcom Dec 17, 2006

    ... said Cary Mayor Ernie McAlister. "Maybe, eventually, a boutique, a grocery store, would be a great thing to have here."

    Strange, I thought we already had all that stuff here in Cary. Where is our mayor living, anyway?

    In fact, my favorite grocery store closed down a couple months ago, though that was probably because the state screwed up the roads near it making it very difficult for anyone to actually reach the store.

    Do we really need to keep drawing more people and businesses to Cary? What is the point? All that does is require more infrastructure and resources, which means more taxes on the people already living here. I would be quite happy for Cary to remain just as it is.