This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years to see what was going on in the eastern Wake County area.
In 2004, Knightdale was looking at a major addition to its shopping scene. In 1989, Knightdale was addressing that same intersection. And in 1964, Zebulon had finally opened its new Adult Education Center.
Not too long ago, the movies almost came to Knightdale. In 2004, Knightdale was looking at adding a shopping center to include a theater.
It looks like Knightdale will soon land a large commercial development that could spark a major growth spurt – a 2-year-old rumor that town officials say is now on target.
The homeowners association at Planter’s Walk got a sneak peek at the Shoppes of Midway Plantation, a major shopping center planned for Knightdale that would include a Target Greatlands, 34 other stores and a 14-screen movie theater. The development would include more than 500,000 square feet of retail space.
Wakefield Associates of Raleigh has submitted rezoning and voluntary annexation requests to the town for the 100-acre site on the north side of U.S. 64.
The shopping center would be built at the northeast corner of the future interchange of Interstate 540 and U.S. 64 .The developer is planning to submit site plans to the town next month.
Well, we have our Target and a whole lot of other stores there. It looks like everything went though. Wait a second... Where’s our theater? How did that fall through?
In 2004, Knightdale was looking at what it was going to put at the intersection of I-540 and U.S. 64. 15 years prior, Knightdale was fighting the Department of Transportation over where exactly that intersection was going to be.
The news from the N.C. Department of Transportation wasn’t received well in eastern Wake County last week. The outer loop of the Raleigh beltline is going west of Knightdale, despite intense regional efforts to get it put east of town.
Knightdale officials immediately started looking for another way to fight the western alternate after the letters were hand-delivered to Town Hall by a DOT employee late Wednesday morning, Nov. 8. While Town Council members and municipal employees were regrouping on the morning after the municipal election, the sealed letters brought the news that was dreaded by the council and many area residents.
During more than a year of lobbying to get the outer loop put between Knightdale and Wendell, the Knightdale Town Council had found solid backing from [a large list of local organizations and towns in Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon].
The route chosen is Segment T, the westernmost of the corridors studied for bringing the expressway from U.S. 1 North to U.S. 64 near Knightdale. Regional support was for Segment Z, the easternmost corridor, which is about five miles longer and is estimated at $10.25 million more.
Maybe if they’d put 540 east of Knightdale, we might have a movie theater in eastern Wake!
Zebulon had been moving through construction of its new Adult Education Center for some time, and in mid-November the work was finally done and residents were signing up for classes.
Zebulon Adult Education Center opened Tuesday night with an enrollment of 61.
The Center, located at Wakelon School and a division of W.W. Holding Industrial Education Center, is offering courses in basic English, basic mathematics, Spanish, bookkeeping, typing and a form of shorthand.
Teaching the courses are Mrs. Jo Ann Byrd, Mrs. Doris Privette, Mrs. Imogene Pippin, Mrs. Sandra Deaton and Jose Rey Barreau.
Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday, and will be one and one-half hours in length. Cost of each course, except typing, is $3. Typing is $4. The course offerings have been selected in response to the demand indicated on questionnaires previously circulated throughout the community.
The program here is under the guidance of Dr. Kenneth M. Wold of the W. W. Holding industrial Education Center (more commonly known today as Wake Tech.)