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Old 05-03-2008, 07:08 PM
 
Location: In NASCAR World
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Thumbs up Parkside Town Commons at 55 & 540 Coming

The last week on my drive into work, I have noticed a HUGE amount of orange fencing on hwy 55 at 540 in Northwest Cary. I was wondering what is going in there and I finally found it. It looks like it is going to be HUGE!!!!!!! It is called Parkside Town Commons. I cannot tell from the websites below what is actually going in there. Has anyone got any good info on it?

I does look like they are going to extend O'kelly Chapel Road over to Louis Stephens Road.

In addition, they are adding a Fidelity Campus there, which will employ 3000 people.


http://www.kiterealty.com/documents/...FACT_SHEET.pdf

KITE REALTY - PARKSIDE TOWN COMMONS
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Old 05-03-2008, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Ooooh! That'll be a nice alternative to what I normally travel to for a quick bite to eat on my lunch break.
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Old 05-03-2008, 11:28 PM
 
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Interesting. I was just looking at some info on the Alston Activity Center project which is diagonal of this. Alston AC is being driven by the folks that did the Brier Creek master plan. So at the 540/55 interchange you'll have this in the NE quadrant and AAC in the SW quadrant.

Maybe the developers will have some lobbying power to prevent the NC 540 section that is currently open from becoming toll. Seems like that would be bad for business (never mind the unfairness of converting a currently "free" section to toll and leaving the N Raleigh section free).

Edit to add:

I didn't realize that O'Kelly Chapel was getting extended and hooking up to Little at Louis Stephens. When I bike commute, I use Louis Stephens to Little to Davis right now. When I was riding home Thursday I saw a surveyor/engineer out at that point doing some measurements. Didn't really think much of it at the time, but I guess he was working on the extension. The road is more exciting to me that anything. Hopefully extending Louis Stephens to hook up with the Cary portion of Louis Stephens isn't too far behind. That would shave a mile off my bike ride, plus make it much, much safer.

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Old 05-04-2008, 06:42 AM
 
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Ooooh! That'll be a nice alternative to what I normally travel to for a quick bite to eat on my lunch break.

That's what I am thinking, also.
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:03 AM
 
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Maybe the developers will have some lobbying power to prevent the NC 540 section that is currently open from becoming toll. Seems like that would be bad for business.
Doubt it. With my limited experience in living near toll roads (11 years in North Dallas), I predict that the tolls will have no adverse impact on commercial development. In fact, without the watershed development limitations that protect the north 540 section of the loop, I predict that the entire western Wake portion of 540 will be one shopping center after another. The whole length from RTP to Holly Springs will look like Brier Creek someday.
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:14 AM
 
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In fact, without the watershed development limitations that protect the north 540 section of the loop, I predict that the entire western Wake portion of 540 will be one shopping center after another. The whole length from RTP to Holly Springs will look like Brier Creek someday.

I hope you are correct. That would be awesome!!!! It will be great to have so many choices both from work in RTP and from home. It really will cut down on the need to travel too far, saving gas and time.

I just hope they have it in the plans to add long and multiple turn lanes into the development.
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:59 AM
 
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What a shame that page 1 of the Fact Sheet has a big misspelled word in it! So much for attention to detail!
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Old 05-04-2008, 08:02 AM
 
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Parkside is just one portion of the Alston Regional Activity Center. You can read more about the overall plan at http://www.townofcary.org/depts/planning/regionalcenterwest/aacpfinal/pdf/introduction.pdf (broken link). Background information at Regional Center West (http://www.townofcary.org/depts/planning/regionalcenterwest/overview.htm - broken link).
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Old 05-04-2008, 08:16 AM
 
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Parkside is just one portion of the Alston Regional Activity Center. You can read more about the overall plan at http://www.townofcary.org/depts/planning/regionalcenterwest/aacpfinal/pdf/introduction.pdf (broken link). Background information at Regional Center West (http://www.townofcary.org/depts/planning/regionalcenterwest/overview.htm - broken link).

Thanks Snowpea!!!!!!!! The whole thing is going to be incredible. I am loving it. I wonder if the national economic and housing slowdon will affect it or if it is full steam ahead.
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Old 05-04-2008, 08:40 AM
 
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I would guess the housing slowdown would be counter-balanced by the increased demand for this area due to the high fuel prices. It is right next to all the southern RTP jobs.
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