Editorial: Heady times in Wendell

03/28/2014 2:19 PM

02/15/2015 10:45 AM

Just a few years ago, it seemed like the bottom had fallen out on Wendell’s future. Today, that future looks much brighter.

In 2008, Wendell Falls developers were having to share the bad news that their financing had fallen through. Despite millions of dollars investd in the project, including streets, water and sewer lines and planning, the gigantic development had come to screeching halt, leaving Wendell with millions of gallons of water capacity and no way to pay the city of Raleigh for it.

Fast forward to late 2013 and the thing most observers expected would one day happen, did, indeed happen. Another developer, Newland Company, bought up the project.

Today, the program is back on track and company officials who initially urged patience, now seem to be moving ahead with all due haste.

In a matter of months, we’ll see the first signs of actual building taking place. Soon after that there will be homes. And new residents.

Wendell’s long-awaited growth seems destined to occur.

There are challenges ahead for Wendell, of course. The Wendell Fall property is part of the town’s corporate limits, but there’s a lot of open space between Wendell Falls and what most people consider Wendell Proper.

Exactly how the two areas coalesce into a single town remains to be seen.

Commissioners seem to be aware of the dilemma and it’s a problem they deem important enough to discuss at an upcoming planning retreat.

How commissioners answer that question will be key to the town’s ability to project itself as a comfortable quiet place to raise a family.

The town will also have to find new money to pay an additional staff member to handle the volume of business the planning department will take on. Over time, that money will be recouped, but it remains an important up-front expense for a town that historically has avoided new costs.

However you look at it, though, Wendell Falls figures to be a boon to Wendell in so many different ways .We’ll be glad to watch it coming out of the ground.

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