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Plan for Cameron Village looking up

Posted July 15, 2008

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— Cameron Village has resisted growth and expansion in the past. Tuesday night, the Raleigh City Council planned to hear from the public on the latest plan to develop the popular living and shopping district.

Crescent Resources, LLC, a developer from Charlotte, has proposed a building at the corner of Oberlin Road and Clark Street that would be taller than any other structure in the neighborhood.

The project plans show a mixed-use tower that could be as many as nine stories, including both commercial and residential areas. According to city records, few buildings in the area are taller than four stories.

Local residents were expected to object to the rezoning necessary for the project at the forum Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Raleigh City Council chambers.

In 2002, Cameron Village neighbors successfully quashed a plan to expand the former Occidental Insurance Building at the corner of Wade Avenue and Oberlin Road.

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  • Frank Downtown Jul 16, 2008

    I hope this doesn't go through because part of the charm of Cameron Village is it isn't a mega shopping center like Brier Creek, Crossroads, ect. A 9 storey building would not be in scale with Cameron Village and its neighborhood.

  • JustAName Jul 16, 2008

    The area is adding around 10k people almost every month. We can't continue to sprawl into the county. Cities change. Those people inside the belt line need to give up the ghost. Building up in downtown is the best thing to do.

    "upper tax bracket" ? I would rather have expensive condos downtown than "the projects" like they have in NYC.

  • CestLaVie Jul 16, 2008

    oogum: wrong!!

    taxman: CV is NOT a mall; it has plenty of stores & plenty of free parking!! In case you missed this, the whole concept of CV is smaller & cozier than North Hills or Triangle Town Center, or... Glad you're staying away since you have to have LARGE.

    If I lived in the CV area, I would fight against this also. I suppose since the new condos/mixed use buildings were approved & have been built at Oberlin & Wade, this high-rise concept has its foot in the door now. Raleigh is looking at $$$$$ & all the revenues a high-rise/mixed use development will bring to city coffers. They don't give a blast about how it blends in with the current trend. Yeh - Raleigh is pathetic in a lot of ways.

    colliedave: I support the green movement; I am NOT a socialist. I can only take responsibility for my own part on this earth. Since so many millions don't & the earth is suffering for it, the green movement is helping for those who don't! But I guess you can't see that.

  • Pseudonym Jul 16, 2008

    Remember NIMBYs: anyone who opposes this project is in favor of more urban sprawl.

  • Hexzero Jul 15, 2008

    Grow up people... Look how pathetic the city looks at this point. Do not worry, low income housing will always be available for those that require the assisted living. Can't live in Redneckville forever.

  • Of The South Jul 15, 2008

    I will be highly disappointed if this project is seen through. Like so many of the recent developments within the heart of Raleigh this will be another poor excuse for innovative architecture and another desperate attempt to appeal to "upper tax bracket" transplant families. In spite of what some think, this is not "smart growth". It represents a trend that is the opposite of what used to be: Instead of urban areas encroaching on the suburbs, the suburbs are now encroaching on the heart of the city. Raleigh is my hometown and I live within walking distance of CV. What is happening down on south Glenwood is bad enough without another eyesore on what I consider a unique staple of Raleigh's history.

  • colliedave Jul 15, 2008

    Why wait 20 years from now to build a train system in the triangle? How dumb can this city be

    Because the wastefull feds say it doesn't make business sense. This is exactly what the greenie socialists want: dense infill where people can be told where to go and what lifestyle to have.

  • rand321 Jul 15, 2008

    How do you have people living closer together for lower communiting miles and to make greater use of public transit with out going up?

    I hope they can get it approved and built. the city needs to growup, not out.

  • Tax Man Jul 15, 2008

    I am glad we are finally going to develop this area into high rise businesses. If that mall were larger and had more stores I would definitely shop there - of course it MUST have free parking!

  • iamforjustice Jul 15, 2008

    With all of this building, when it is time for the lite rail...it will be more difficult and more expensive to build. Why wait 20 years from now to build a train system in the triangle? How dumb can this city be?