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Wake Growth Spilling Into Creedmoor

Posted July 16, 2007

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— Johnston, Chatham and Franklin counties have had to deal with growth problems in recent years as people moving to the Triangle seek the greenest pastures. Now, Granville County is starting to see the population boom headed its way.

Creedmoor in the southern part of the county has grown from 900 people in 1998-99 to about 2,300, and Mayor Darryl Moss said he expects the town's population to jump to about 8,000 in the next five years.

Recent statistics suggest the town of Creedmoor is in the midst of a population boom with the area's affordability being one of the top factors.

"We're 20 miles north of Raleigh and 15 miles north of Durham," Moss said, noting the town is close enough for commuters but far enough out to be affordable for home buyers.

The average home in Wake County sold for $187,000 last year, Wake County Planning Director Melanie Wilson said. Meanwhile, Realtor Wills Hancock said the average home in Granville County went for $172,000 last year.

Wilson said the northern and southern edges of Wake County are experiencing the most growth. One reason for the popularity of theose outlying areas is affordability, she said.

Moss said 98 percent of people who live in Creedmoor work in places like Research Triangle Park, Raleigh or Durham. Hancock said the influx of new Creedmoor residents also includes retirees from Maryland and Virginia.

"It's very, very quiet here. It's quaint. The neighbors are nice. Everyone's close," said Attila Huszar, who works in Raleigh but lives in Creedmoor.

Moss said the town needs to start planning for its continued growth, including updating and expanding its infrastructure. The local wastewater treatment plant, for example, was built in 1939 and might not be able to handle state and federal environmental regulations as services expand, he said.

"The bucket is getting empty pretty quickly. We can handle about another 500 or so homes," he said.

The town is talking with Oxford about buying water to meet its future needs.

Creedmoor officials also want the state to widen N.C. Highway 50 to shorten the commute to Raleigh. A public information meeting will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Vance-Granville County Community College to look at transportation issues.

"Creedmoor's success is tied directly to Raleigh's success," Moss said.

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  • TechRescue Jul 17, 2007

    I've seen one child all the way through Granville County schools into college and have another one in middle school. The principal at the middle school is fantastic - does a great job even though the school is ancient (I went there in the 60's).

    However, the way things are now, my middle-schooler will not go to high school in Granville County. There are too many things wrong, too many weak leaders, too much politics and too little concern for what's best for the students. If we can't get into one of the Charter schools, I guess I'll just have to start paying tuition early.

    Welcome to Granville County.

  • jeh1958 Jul 17, 2007

    I use to work for the City of Creedmoor until new management forced myself and a few others out. Creedmoor has a drinking water treatment plant not a wastewater plant and I don't know where Darryl Moss gets his figures from because there were more than 900 people in Creedmoor in 98-99. When I started work in 1990 we had 950water connections and when I left this past August there were 1850.

  • TheDude abides... Jul 17, 2007

    And the transplants come marching in...

  • Professor Studley Jul 17, 2007

    "Butner Hospital" ...

    There is no such place... is it too terribly hard to use facts in comments on this forum?

    Faclities in Butner include... Camp Butner Federal Correctional Insitute , Polk State Correctional Institute, John Umstead Hospital, The Whitaker School, The Murdock Center, the new Dorathia Dix Hospital, NCSU Dairy Farm and biotech research, and the Camp Butner National Guard base.

  • Professor Studley Jul 17, 2007

    "just like folks don't want kids in Durham" ... this is news to me... I live in Durham and rarely hear complaints about our school system. the same cannot be said about Wake county's over extended school system. From a "bang for you buck" stance, Granville county is a great place to build. Probably will not be the case in the next decade or so however.

  • turkeydance Jul 16, 2007

    the suburbs are now outside of Wake County. just like Charlotte,
    where people "live" in Hickory, but "work" in Charlotte. folks
    don't want their children in Charlotte schools, just like folks
    don't want kids in Durham or (increasingly) Wake.

  • Rabid_Wolf_2 Jul 16, 2007

    I use to be able to hop on Rt 50 and head in to town. Not any more, the line keeps getting longer and longer.

  • Newshound Jul 16, 2007

    Amen tech rescue, I know for a fact that there is a granville county phys ed teacher who taught highschool health that included in his lessons how to make a crack pipe out of a 2 litre empty soda bottle(and actually tested the kids on it) He now teaches phys ed in the elementary school. The "teacher" i am talking about should have been fired but the school principal didnt feel anything was done wrong.

  • TechRescue Jul 16, 2007

    (opinion of a recent graduate's father)

    Granville Schools, especially South Granville High, are not where they should be. Some of the teachers are first class, but others need to find another profession. There are a lot of trailers, a lack of equipment, and a lack of real leadership at both the local and board level.

    Some of that is changing, and it's about time. Too slow for my kids, but maybe in time for yours. For years, the County government as well as the school board has been focused on "North of the Tar River" when anyone who looked could see that all of the growth was coming from the South.

  • FlSunshine Jul 16, 2007

    Word of caution. All those transplants coming for Southern Charm don't bring any courtesy and charm with them for the most part. Florida is more "yankee" than "Southern" anymore. I had an older friend who used to say they should put a toll booth at the Stateline if you wanted to move here. Also, she once said anyone who came to Florida should be made to have a "return home" ticket with them just like the Caymen Islands.

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