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95-Acre Retail, Residential Development Proposed for Morrisville

Posted November 7, 2007
Updated January 27, 2008

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— The largest retail-and-residential development Morrisville has ever seen is proposed for the corner of N.C. Highway 54 and Cary Parkway, and a lot of residents are not happy about it.

Casto Lifestyle Properties, based in Columbus, Ohio, and 1st Carolina Properties, a retail developer from Cary, are behind the plan to tear down a now-vacant Bristol-Myers Squibb pharmaceutical plant and replace it with Park West Village. Plans called for shops, offices, apartments, a hotel and a 3,000-seat movie theater on the 95-acre site.

Casto bills the project as a "unique place to live, work, shop and be entertained."

“The sheer size of it doesn't worry me as much as the sheer size of it on that piece of property that's fed by a two-lane road [N.C. Highway 54],” Morrisville resident Jackie Holcombe said. “It's not going to be a good idea to put additional cars onto an already clogged artery."

Traffic studies showed the development would generate more than 20,000 car trips a day. Part of residents' concern is that the town's population has tripled over the past seven years, already causing traffic congestion.

“The traffic is not just going to be in the morning at 9 a.m. or in the evening at 5 p.m. It's going to be all day. It's going to be on Saturday,” Cary resident Leslie Huffman said.

The developer has proposed putting in turn lanes to help ease congestion. Town officials said their engineers have also studied the traffic concerns.

“Results of study indicate the level of service, amount of delay at the different intersections would be similar to what it is today,” planning Director Ben Hitchings said.

If built, Park West Village would have 900,000 square feet of commercial space and could bring $700,000 in tax revenue to Morrisville.

The town has scheduled a public hearing on the Park West Village proposal for 6 p.m. Thursday night. The Board of Commissioners could vote on the proposal next month.


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  • Joshua Nov 9, 2007

    Perfect example of how the Land Transfer Fee would have been used to charge to the developers for infrastructure such as highways, water and utilities. Without the LTF, they are happy to build this 95 acre cash cow and not have to pay towards the impact on the current infrastructure. No money towards schools, highways, or water resources. But our taxes will increase to pay for this impact; thanks to everyone who voted against the Land Transfer Fee. Let developers pay for growth!

  • WRALSUCKS Nov 9, 2007

    Just what the world needs ... more apartments and strip malls...

  • Gatsby Nov 9, 2007

    DEVILopers...Even when the economy,signs & wonders point to NO BUYERS they must build it. Denial...its a wonderful thing

  • Joshua Nov 9, 2007

    Ah... no houses, just apartments. This project is going to be one heck of a cash cow! Cha Ching!

  • Joshua Nov 9, 2007

    I wonder how many homeowners will be informed that their newly purchased McMansion backs up to railroad tracks...

  • jeffthompson Nov 9, 2007

    Pleshy...such an attitude...I grew up in Raleigh and was just asking a question...why do you dislike Charlotte so much...what has Charlotte done to you...lets face it...Charlotte HATES Raleight...and Raleigh HATES Charlotte...I have seen both sides...being from Raleigh...and living in Charlotte for the last 15 years...and I would NEVER EVER move back to Raleigh...it is just way to slow...you are just another hater from Raleigh...life goes on though...

  • pleshy Nov 8, 2007

    Why does Charlotte care? I thought they all wanted to secede from NC and form and independent principality down there south of the Yadkin. And truthfully, I wouldn't miss it...

  • jeffthompson Nov 8, 2007

    Growth is not a bad thing...but can anyone tell me why Raleigh has their 1st belt line open many years back (440) and probably 1/2 of 540 is already open...Here in Charlotte...we can;t even get our 1st betline open and our traffic is twice Raleigh if not worse...HOV lanes didn't help...and to top it all off...they said on our local news that they have delayed Charlottes belt loop 2years to give money to Fayetteville...come on...Fayetteville...like they need a belt loop.

  • ncwebguy Nov 8, 2007

    This is going to be another Brier Creek or Beaver Creek in Apex. Which is not a good thing, especially with Park Place 16 and other stores across Cary Parkway.

    Widening 54 is not on the state's recently released priority list, and that goes through 2013. It took an outside audit to widen the I-40 stretch from Wade Ave to 1/64! Morrisville itself can't afford to widen the road since a lot of the traffic is just passing through on their way to Cary.

    I understand that they want to "capture" some of the money spent by Morrisville citizens in Cary (and some money from out of towners), and how this looks like the right place to do it.

    It seems Morrisville wanted this and the super wal-mart near 54/540 to force NC DOT's hand to widen the road, even though it was just resurfaced. It is not the "paying twice" fiasco of I-40 in south durham, but it is close.

  • pleshy Nov 8, 2007

    Cozy Morrisville? You mean "cozy airport suburb in the middle of the glide path whose residents can't sleep at night between the roar of the planes and the roar of I-40 and 540 and 54." I didn't know people even lived in in Morrisville for the longest time. I thought it was just the airport and a bad outlet center.