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Raleigh Builders Increasingly Turning To Infill Development

Posted August 6, 2001 3:30 a.m. EDT

— Developers are filling up every inch of space in Triangle cities with new shops and homes. The debate about this type of development does not seem to have any easy answers, however, some people say they do not want infill in their backyard while others think it is smart growth.

Settle Dockery knows how expensive property is inside the beltline. His company, York Ventures, is building condos on Hillsborough Street and an apartment complex in the Mission Valley parking lot.

"I think it's a good idea to maximize the use of property," he said.

Dockery said infill development is all about convenience.

"I think as traffic begins to build in suburban locations, more and more people will seek this kind of lifestyle," he said.

Most infill development takes shape in already established neighborhoods. In the Five Points area, townhomes are now sprouting up next to cozy bungalows.

"I really don't have a problem with it. I think it can do nothing but increase the property value of places like mine," said Five Points resident Kevin Lunsford.

Patti Mordecai and her family like the idea of growth, and although she worries about added traffic, she looks forward to new neighbors.

"I think it's fine as long as it diversifies the neighborhood and stays in keeping with the architecture," she said.

Mordecai was drawn to Five Points for its quiet charm and friendly feel, and she is not surprised that others are looking for the same thing.

"If you live in a popular neighborhood that's what you'll get. More people will want to live there too," Mordecai said.