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Controversial Cameron Village project advances

Posted September 8, 2008
Updated September 9, 2008

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— Despite neighborhood opposition, the Raleigh Planning Commission on Tuesday approved the idea of placing a five- to seven-story building in the Cameron Village shopping center.

The commission recommended a zoning change for Crescent Resources LLC to the City Council. The Charlotte-based developer wants to build a retail and residential complex at the corner of Oberlin Road and Clark Street, at the southwest corner of Cameron Village.

According to city records, few buildings in the area are taller than four stories. Nearby residents have criticized the project, saying the taller building would negatively impact the neighborhood.

"Everybody would like to see the right project go on this corner," community leader Emily Biggs said. "Because of the massive scale of this project, neighborhoods have become concerned about the infrastructure, in particular the traffic impact it will have on this area and neighborhood."

City Councilman Russ Stephenson said a final decision on the size of the building could be before the full council soon. Crescent Resources' site plan for the area would have to be approved later.

"There's always room for compromise and (to) give some community benefits for additional density," Stephenson said, adding that he realizes the impact of the council's decision.

"One of the big concerns is, if you start doing that on this first project, will that be the precedent that will allow even larger projects in Cameron Village in the future that will really overburden the streets where we'll have to start widening them?" he said.

Crescent Resources officials couldn't be reached Monday for comment.

Biggs said residents plan to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Christ, at the corner of Brooks and Rosedale streets, to organize opposition to the project.

Nearby residents have fought larger developments in the area before, defeating the so-called Coker Towers project near the intersection of Wade Avenue and Oberlin Road because they thought it was too large.

"We're afraid it's going to have very negative impacts on our community," Biggs said of the latest proposal.

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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Sep 9, 2008

    Don't let the NIMBY's around Cameron Village kill this project. We need denser development and infill development inside the Beltline if we're going to stop sprawl.

    Yesterday, I was on US-1 at Wakefield inside the Meekerville City limits and there was a sign that said Meekerville in 17 miles. It's 17 miles from Wakefield to the center of Meekerville. If we're not careful, we'll become the next Charlotte or Atlanta. Not something that I'm looking forward to.

  • Road-wearier Sep 9, 2008

    SheriffTruman - you are clearly missing my point. My point is that pro-development forces are the very first to scream when something that THEY don't want comes to THEIR neighborhood. Say it's not a halfway house. Say it's a 24 hour pharmacy with 40 foot tall bright lights shining in your bedroom windows all night. I doubt you'd be so sanguine about that.

  • readme Sep 9, 2008

    I am in favor of any occasion where we build higher for a change. Maybe this will save an acre or two of forrest.

  • ncsulilwolf Sep 9, 2008

    "The Charlotte-based developer wants to build a retail and residential complex at the corner of Oberlin Road and Clark Street, at the southwest corner of Cameron Village."

    Too bad they're not working with a LOCAL developer...

  • johnkirby Sep 9, 2008

    I grew up in Cameron Village and worked for three years in that exact spot. The building there now was used as an Emergency Shelter during the Cold War. The basement of the building is completely underground and very large. Wonder if any historical significance.

  • atc2 Sep 9, 2008

    This Cameron group needs to go away. They are a bunch of whinners and prevent progress (Coker Towers should have been approved). There is NOT a traffic issue around Cameron (and there will not be in the future).

    Cameron is for ALL Wake citizens, BUILD IT!

    If they do not like it, they can move to rural Raleigh!

  • The Pride of Africa Sep 9, 2008

    I can't believe they traded Erik Cole

  • SheriffTruman Sep 9, 2008

    Road-Wearier, you are right, I would be upset if someone wanted to build a halfway house near me. Unfortunately for you, this debate is not about a halfway house, it is about a nice project that I would be more than happy to be built near me and you have maginalized any opinions you have on it with your ridiculous staement.

  • kylamarks Sep 9, 2008

    While I agree that growth and development are good things, does EVERY shopping center in the Triangle area have to be overly crowded and congested? I live in the NCSU area and to me, that area is awesome! I can go to the bank and grocery store without waiting in the horrible traffic that a lot of Triangle area streets and shopping centers have. Anybody been to Crossroads or Brier Creek lately? If they do go ahead with this project, they need to think long and hard about how the streets in that area are set up, some of them are narrow as it is!

  • SubwayScoundrel Sep 9, 2008

    that said, I support the development as is. You can not live ini the city and enjoy all the benefits and not expect things you dont like. It is too close to DT. And yes, the people agaisnt are some of the same as "The Oberlin" project (not Coker towers) and I know many of them personalily and many of them were looking to get famous or had other issues. Not all, but watch for the leader who leads this group as he/she will be running for office next election.

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