Some Arlington Park and Cary Park subdivision residents are concerned about a possible shopping center development that could be built next to their neighborhoods at the northwest corner of Green Level Church and Carpenter Fire Station roads.
Residents will be able to hear about the project from the developer, The Sembler Company of St. Petersburg, Fla., at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Cary Town Council chambers. They’ll be able to share their thoughts on the project as part of the rezoning process.
The applicants, Peggy and Grover Lewter of Cary, are seeking to rezone a 17-acre parcel from residential to commercial.
Arlington Park resident Brian Dial said neighbors are most concerned with the increased traffic and the aesthetics of the project, as well as how their property values may be affected.
The preliminary development map shows plans for seven buildings, ranging in size from 5,500 to 55,000 square feet, as well as a connection from the shopping center’s western driveway into Arlington Park via Northlands Drive.
Several neighbors are concerned about this connection, particularly if a gas station is built next to the building nearby. Town staff said the preliminary plan could still change.
“The way that they’ve got it laid out is very unappealing, especially with it being connected to a neighborhood street,” Dial said. “I mean, kids would be playing yards away from a gas station.”
The maximum 110,000-square-foot commercial development would be the third shopping center at the intersection. There is a shopping center at the southeast corner, which is anchored by Harris Teeter, and another is under development at the northeast corner.
But the northwest development would be the first retail on the west side of the intersection, closest to the Arlington Park and Cary Park subdivisions.
While some neighbors don’t want commercial development at the site at all, others would be satisfied with a different plan, Dial said.
“It’s not really like a nice, walkable shopping center,” Dial said. “Honestly, it just looks like they put as many buildings and parking spots as possible.”
Kathryn Trogdon; 919-460-2608; @KTrogdon
Want to go?
When: Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Cary Town Council Chambers, 316 N. Academy St., Cary