Open house in works on Daniel Boone project

Staff WriterSeptember 12, 2006 

— Those who want to weigh in on plans to redevelop the Daniel Boone Village and develop 153 acres next door likely will have that chance later this year.

The Hillsborough Town Board encouraged the town's planning staff Monday to continue to work with American Asset Corp. on organizing an "open house." The company, which developed Brier Creek Commons in Raleigh, has a contract on the antiques shopping center and the property known as the Collins tract, contingent on gaining town approval for its development plans.

The open house, which the town will host, likely will take place within the next two months, said Joseph Dye, the company's executive vice president.

"We would encourage the public to come and have a look at what we're presenting," Dye said.

At the open house, American Asset will share preliminary designs for the properties, which likely will include homes, shops and offices, according to a memo distributed to shop owners this summer. The developer's design firm will be on hand to hear the public comments and consider how to incorporate them into the plans before they are submitted to the town for approval, Dye said.

"We think we have some ideas that are consistent with some of the town's wants and needs," he added.

The Town Board also gave the town staff the go-ahead to prepare a financial analysis when American Asset has provided enough information. That's a precursor to annexing the Collins tract, which the company has indicated it will formally request.

In other business:

* The board unanimously voted to adopt the Churton Street Corridor Plan, which includes plans to change things such as signage in the near future and long-term plans to add roundabouts and sidewalks along a 4.5-mile stretch between Interstate 40 and the split of N.C. 86 and N.C. 57.

* The board approved a contract for $15,000 with Raftelis Financial Consultants to evaluate the economics of Hillsborough becoming a Durham water customer.

Staff writer Cheryl Johnston Sadgrove can be reached at 932-2005 or cheryl.sadgrove@newsobserver.com.

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