TopGolf may still open its first North Carolina location in Cary – near Cary Crossroads – after a plan for Cary Towne Center was abandoned following resident concerns.
TopGolf submitted a pre-application conference request Tuesday to the Town of Cary to discuss a site where the company could open its elaborate entertainment and restaurant complex. TopGolf may seek the rezoning of 18.56 acres on Piney Plains Road near the Dillard Drive intersection.
The site backs up to U.S. 1 and is adjacent to Caliber Collision, Crossroads Ford Cary and Uncle Bob’s Self Storage.
TopGolf has 20 locations in the United States and three in the United Kingdom with plans to open eight more by the end of 2016. At the facility, customers can hit microchipped balls at modernized greens in the outfield that track where a ball lands.
At the pre-application conference on Wednesday, town staff will meet with the applicant, ARCO/Murray Construction Company from Downers Grove, Ill., TopGolf representatives or both to review the site sketch plan, answer questions and talk about rules and procedures.
“If they choose, that would start the development process,” Assistant Town Manager Russ Overton said.
If TopGolf decides to move forward with a project at that site, Overton said, a rezoning application would need to be submitted.
TopGolf representatives already went through a pre-application conference for the Crossroads site in July but did not submit a rezoning application.
The request comes nearly four months after the Texas-based company decided not to open its first North Carolina location at Cary Towne Center due to noise and lighting concerns from residents who live near the mall. Last December, TopGolf first announced its plan to open the location at the mall spot formerly occupied by Sears, a longtime tenant of the mall that closed earlier this year.
“As we were testing during due diligence, we became concerned about our ability to sufficiently mitigate the lighting and noise issues for the local neighborhood,” said Adrienne Chance, TopGolf’s director of corporate communication, in August. “The last thing we want is to be a nuisance to the people living close to one of our locations.”
A representative from TopGolf could not be reached for comment about the latest plans.
Kathryn Trogdon; 919-460-2608; @KTrogdon