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Wendell to vote on mixed-use development

Posted on July 18, 2021

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Damage to the sidewalk on Fourth Street in Wendell will be repaired following a unanimous vote during the town board's July 12 meeting.

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Damage to the sidewalk on Fourth Street in Wendell will be repaired following a unanimous vote during the town board's July 12 meeting.

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WENDELL — The Wendell Board of Commissioners held a public hearing July 12 on the rezoning and annexation of around 55 acres on Rolesville Road and U.S. Highway 64 East.

The property, tentatively called the Glennon, is currently in Wake County’s jurisdiction and must be annexed before the town can rezone it to a corridor mixed-use conditional district. It’s roughly 700 feet northwest of the future Wake Technical Community College site.

The property is already served by the Wendell-Holmes Fire district and water and sewer are readily available, according to Planning Director Bryan Coates.

The property owner, Bypass Properties, plans to develop 50,000 square feet of commercial space across three buildings, 312 multi-family apartments and 225 townhouses. The construction will be split across four phases, starting with townhouses and a pocket park.

Craig Duerr with Stewart Engineering said the owner already had developers in place for the townhouses and apartments.

Three residents spoke during the public hearing, concerned about traffic issues in the area. The developer is required to create a collector road lined up with the Interstate 87 off-ramp with a signal and turn lanes, Coates said. The development will also add turn lanes and extend two existing turn lanes, he added.

The commissioners will vote on the rezoning and annexation at their next meeting on Monday, July 26.

To view the site plans, visit www.bit.ly/3xHUmHk.

SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS

Wendell commissioners unanimously approved up to $60,000 to repair and improve a potentially dangerous sidewalk on Fourth Street between Pine and Main streets during the July 12 town board meeting.

A resident reached out to the town to express concerns about the sidewalk, which isn’t currently accessible for people with disabilities, according to Town Manager Marc Collins.

The project will replace the concrete sidewalk and underground drains, repair the curb and remove trip hazards and other “obstructions,” Collins said. The newly installed poles will remain in place.

The town’s sidewalk replacement program will start in fiscal year 2022-23, Collins said. However, he wanted to bring the Fourth Street sidewalk to the board’s attention sooner since there were some possible safety issues.

The board approved an allocation for sidewalk improvements not to exceed $60,000. The project would use Wendell’s fund balance reserve, Collins said.

Mayor Pro-tem John Boyette was absent. 

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