Posted June 6, 2007 2:44 p.m. EDT
Today, communities like Apex or Wake Forest are considered close satellites to Raleigh and full-fledged Triangle locales. It’s hard to believe that barely 20 years ago such towns were thought of as far-flung, sleepy little fringe communities. To “old school” Raleigh residents, it's almost a miracle how they are now integral to the metro area. Soon,another one of those distant places, Wendell, will be considered a close, easily accessible place to live.
The change is coming because Greg Ferguson and Mike Jones, of Mercury Development, worked for years, quietly behind the scenes, to assemble over 80 different parcels into a 1,300+ acre new community named Wendell Falls. Their efforts are going to vastly impact the little town.
“Wendell Falls will create a tax base larger than both the present Wendell and Knightdale combined.” says Mike Jones,one of the Mercury development principals,along with Greg Ferguson. “In fact”, Jones continues, “we have worked with the DOT to build the Wendell Falls Parkway, which will be the new entrance to the town of Wendell. It will be the only subdivision in North Carolina to have its own named exit from a major highway.”
Greg Ferguson says that the project will triple the size of Wendell. However, Ferguson says that the most important aspect is wrapped up in one word, “close,” “the project is 3-minutes to I-540, 6 minutes to I-440, 12-minutes to downtown Raleigh. It is closer to downtown Raleigh than Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Apex, Durham, Rolesville and Wake Forest. Wendell Falls is closer than Wakefield, Heritage, North Raleigh (north of 540) and West Cary. Moreover, it is easier to navigate than Cary, Morrisville, or Garner.”
Better hurry to snap those photos of the quaint Wendell fields and countryside. Wendell Falls construction is scheduled to begin in early 2007 and open in mid-2008. The new home community will eventually have 4,000 new homes, and almost 500,000 square feet of commercial office space.