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Seven-Story Building Under Consideration In Cary

Posted June 8, 2006

— A proposed development in Cary is drawing plenty of criticism from area residents, who said a seven-story building under consideration is too big.

Under a new proposal submitted by Ali R. Hashemi-Nejad, the land at the corner of

Reedy Creek Road and Maynard Road

could become Cary's next commercial hotspot.

The landowner wants to transform the shrubbery currently on the block into 368 condo units, 39,000 square feet of retail space and approximately 97,000 square feet of office space.

The development would consist of a dozen four-story buildings and would be highlighted by one mixed-use seven-story building.

"As we go through the process, we'll make the judgment whether that's accepted by the town," said Cary town planner Ricky Barker.

In order for the development to move forward, Barker said Cary leaders would have to amend their comprehensive plan.

"Most (buildings) we get go to four stories," Barker said. "We haven't see too many of the larger buildings."

But he added that Cary has its share of buildings above four stories, and it's not uncommon for developers to ask for a comprehensive plan amendment.

"It's just too much for this area," said community activist Bill Moore. He called the plan "a seven story monster" and said the development would clog traffic and create safety concerns

"We're not against development," Moore said. "We're just against the size. There isn't anything that large around here. You're literally going to be looking at something that's as tall as life around here."

The developer was unavailable for comment. The plan will be discussed at Thursday's Cary Town Council meeting.

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