If it seems like folks in these parts are walking with a lighter step these days, there’s good reason.
And, we’re not talking about local youngsters out celebrating another day out of school because of snow.
There has been a marked increase in the sense of optimism we feel in eastern Wake County, in large part because we see the biggest driver in the economy – new home construction – revving back up.
Home construction is underway in Knightdale’s new large development called Knigthdale Station. And, in Wendell, the first new homes are under construction in the long-awaited Wendell Falls subdivision.
There is other new home construction going on in both those towns – and in Zebulon too – but those two developments in particular sound the trumpeter’s call for renewed growth and a stronger economy.
In both cases, developers have dropped significant amounts of capital into projects that will eventually bring thousands of new residents to the area.
Those people will pay taxes here, spend their money here and take part in community life here, adding to the richness of a region that, more than any other place in Wake County, can benefit from this kind of boost.
It’s unlikely we would see a return to the free-wheeling, debt-laden life and times of the early 2000s any time soon, but the beginnings of both those projects are a tangible sign that eastern Wake County is where it’s at.