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Residents Turn Out to Decry Cary Development Plan

People who live around Davis Drive and High House Road urged the Planning and Zoning Board to block two proposals for the intersection.

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CARY, N.C. — Growing pains are causing problems in one Cary neighborhood, and residents gave town leaders an earful Monday night about a proposed development at the intersection of Davis Drive and High House Road.

It was standing room only as several hundred people packed a meeting of Cary's Zoning and Planning Board.

“Are they living in a bubble?” Erin Holmquist asked. “If Cary town approves more growth for right there, we don't need it.”

There are shopping centers on two corners of the intersection. Developers want to erect a senior center on a third corner and a five-story building with retail and residential space on the fourth.

“That isn't right – not for my neighborhood, not for Cary,” Heather Patisaul told the board.

“I think everyone here is concerned how our neighborhood is developing and what we can do about it,” Aimee McIntyre said.

Residents argued to the board that new development would bring more people and more noise and would create safety issues for nearby schools as well as traffic issues.

Bill Sears of Searstone Development, one of the proponents of the senior project, told the board, “We are not proposing to do anything that would increase the intensity of congestion.”

The board voted 5-1 to allow the assisted living facility to submit revised plans and move forward.

It voted 4-3 to recommend that the Town Council disapprove the other project.


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