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Live, Work, Play: Developers Want People to Do It All

Posted December 12, 2007

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— Developer Zapolski + Rudd aims to transforming an old Cary shopping center into a place to live, work and play. That multi-use concept has been increasingly popular with developers and consumers in Wake County.

With its vacant storefronts, papered windows and faded signs, Waverly Place feels like a lonely place. By fall 2009, though, Zapolski + Rudd wants to give the 1980s-era shopping center at Tryon and Kildaire Farm roads a feel comparable to that of North Hills in Raleigh.

"By providing these goods and services, work and living within one footprint, we give them that variety they're looking for," said Luis Rois, Zapolski + Rudd's lead developer for the project.

On 28 acres of prime real estate, Waverly Place will encompass 40 shops and restaurants, a hotel and 200 residential units. The largest Whole Foods store in the Triangle will call the place home, and Cary-based Crescent State Bank plans to move its headquarters there.

Demolition and reconstruction work at Waverly Place should begin in spring 2008. The whole project will cost around $180 million.

More such multi-use developments could also pop up across Wake County by 2009.

Across from Crabtree Valley Mall, Crabtree Village will rise, with 160,000 square feet of retail, 749 condominiums and a hotel. In Cary, shops, restaurants, office space and more than 300 multifamily units are planned for the northeast corner of the High House and Davis Drive intersection.

In Morrisville, developers are planning Park West Village to include a hotel, hundreds of condominiums and 750,000 square feet of commercial space. Town leaders have not approved the plans.

Crews are grading land for another mixed-use development, North Hills East, on Six Forks Road across from the thriving North Hills.

"People are looking for a lifestyle where their time can be more efficient," John Kane, developer of North Hills and North Hills East, said.

Mixed-use projects are also more efficient for the developers, Rios said.

"If over the next year, the whole hotel industry crashes, we're not banking on that single piece to make the whole project work," he said.

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  • CapeFearRiver10 Dec 14, 2007

    Raleigh is going to become the next Atlanta, L.A., or Houston with all the spread out urban development. I hope you guys start to get more serious about downtown development & urban density. This is funny about country folks they always go against this type of development & think people that live this lifestyle are weird. You guys actually think nobody can raise a family in dense communities... LOL How do you think families in NYC, Chicago, Philly, New Orleans, D.C., Boston, & San Francisco raise their kids? Either you people get with the environment safety movement or just be stuck in 2 hr road traffic. I hate ticks & Fleas!!!! NC needs development like this or they will not be any farmland left. I like dense pedestrian streets with urban parks & a variety of social classes live close to each other!!!!

  • ncwebguy Dec 14, 2007

    With good construction techniques and soundproofing, you would never know someone is above/below/beside you. Some people are social and like walking to coffee shops, restaurants, etc., while others like not being able to see their neighbor. Nt everyone wants a pet, and many people are allergic or don't have the resources to keep a pet.

    Every living space has plusses and minuses. Where people place their priorities makes their choice easier. Making everyone live in the woods or on a farm would be facisim.

    We would already be out of spaces to live in Wake County if everyone was spread out enough to not see their neighbors. To say nothing of the cost of gas to get from home to work to the Super Wal Mart (which would be further away since there is less population density), to say nothing of rising oil prices in the near future.

    I though people on here would be happy to let Cary have an even greater concentration of relocated yankees. Kidding! Sort of.

  • lornadoone Dec 13, 2007

    So, where are they going to get the water for this development?

  • lawpirate is still around Dec 13, 2007

    djofraleigh, I think like you. I had to realize that there are people out there that would rather live like SteveCrisp. I used to work near NH and I do think what they did was an improvement...although I really do miss the old North Hills mall.

  • Viatovao Dec 13, 2007

    Excellent just what we need, more anchor francises to help the local businesses, more parking spaces, and more chances to spend some money.

  • doogaad Dec 13, 2007

    Where are all the new Section 8 housing going to be built...I mean besides North east and south east Raleigh??

  • houdie1031 Dec 12, 2007

    Don't forget Downtown Raleigh and Blount Street Commons Project. I sure hope they don't overbuild condoes.

  • oldrebel Dec 12, 2007

    And all of these new homes will come sans water faucets. It'll be "Bring Your Own Wawa"

  • Steve Crisp Dec 12, 2007

    To whatelseisnew:

    I've been wondering if the developers are going to disclose the flooding potential to residents. Or if they are going to hide it or gloss it over.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 12, 2007

    Well for those places in Crabtree Mall area I hope they issue canoes to each owner so they can paddle out of there the next time the mall floods.

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