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Raleigh leaders approve mixed-use project at Crabtree mall

Posted July 3, 2012

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— Three months after Raleigh leaders approved a development proposal that raised concerns about traffic congestion around Crabtree Valley Mall, the City Council voted Tuesday to move forward with another mixed-use project in the area.

The council voted unanimously to approve a master plan for Crabtree Village, a development that will require the rezoning of 23.7 acres bounded by Crabtree Valley Avenue, Blue Ridge Road and Homewood Banks Drive.

The planned mixed-use project will include up to 525 residential units; up to 60,000 square feet of retail space, including at least one restaurant; 250,000 square feet of office space; a hotel with a maximum of 200 rooms; and parking facilities.

In April, the City Council approved a proposal from developer Crabtree North LLC to build 533 residential units and 7,500 square feet of retail space on nine acres near the intersection of Lead Mine Road and Charles Drive.

Both planned developments are within a mile of the mall.

Anywhere from 40,000 to 70,000 vehicles pass daily through the one-mile area around the mall, which sits at the corner of Creedmoor Road and Glenwood Avenue near Interstate 440.

City planners have estimated that traffic along the corridor could grow by as much as 70 percent by 2035.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the City Council approved a 100-acre expansion of the Martin Marietta rock quarry, despite neighbors' concerns, and a resolution against fracking in Raleigh.

A five-county area surrounding the city has been identified by geologists as holding the potential for natural gas production, but council members oppose fracking because Raleigh provides drinking water to much of Wake County.

The council is also considering changing term limits for the mayor and council members from two to four years. City Attorney Thomas McCormick was asked to draft a resolution of intent to change the term limits.

If the resolution is approved, City Council will hold a public hearing to receive feedback on the proposed four-year term.

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  • Mon Account Jul 3, 2012

    Mixed use didn't include project housing in many upscale projects in Raleigh. Like North Hills... but, given the congestion at Crabtree, and the flooding... why? Why there? Is it cheap to build because the former attempts proved unwise and the price dropped?
    This doesn't smell right and instinctively sounds like (another) awful attempt.

  • PeaceOut2017 Jul 3, 2012

    mixed use includes public housing, I wouldn't invest a dime any such mixed use development unless you're fan of break ins and burglaries

  • Spock Jul 3, 2012

    Sure... flood central gets more approvals.

  • storchheim Jul 3, 2012

    Com_mon_sents, the concept of mixed-use implies people will be walking, not driving. This is good! Wish I could walk to shopping, night life, the post office and still be a stone's throw from the Interstate.

    'Course I would actually walk. If the residents are the all too familiar type that must drive a thousand feet, you're right, the traffic will get worse.

  • kj90 Jul 3, 2012

    Yay more mixed-used projects! (No sarcasm intended)

  • com_mon_sents Jul 3, 2012

    wow...MORE traffic...like this area needs anymore. But yeah I know....all in the name of progress. UGH!!!!

  • busyb97 Jul 3, 2012

    Fix the traffic issues FIRST, then worry about growth. If you allow it to grow MORE, and then try to fix traffic issues, it will be an even BIGGER Mess.

    They are trying to compete with North Hills area. Be unique...not more of the same.