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Downtown Cary Could Soon Receive Facelift

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CARY — The face of downtown Cary may soon be changing. Thursday night, the Cary Town Council approved a massive plan that has been in the works for nearly three years.

Much of downtown Cary has remained the same over the years, despite growth. The new plan calls for a mix of shops, offices and high-density housing. Ralph Ashworth's drug store has been a fixture on Chatham Street, and he was a member of the citizen task force on the project.

"There is something to follow and we won't have a mismatch of structures and so forth," he says. "The idea being that we want a central downtown, and I think this will help develop that. It may be years coming, but I think we've got a plan we can follow."

The plan could also contain up to four downtown parking decks and big changes to traffic patterns on Chatham Street.

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