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Cary staff are coordinating with Wake County on the grand opening and dedication of the Cary Regional Library. Located at the corner of Walnut and Walker Streets, the adjacent 600-space parking deck will supply parking not only for the library but also for Cary venues, the general public and future mixed-use development. Included amenities are electric charging stations in the parking deck and public restrooms in the lower level of the library.
The grand opening and dedication is scheduled for November 3, 2019.
The Sams-Jones House, located at 324 S Academy Street, is under renovation in preparation for a new downtown restaurant. Construction began in July 2019 and is on schedule to be completed this fall. The project includes new flooring, interior and exterior painting, ADA improvements and a 308 square-foot addition for new restrooms and a walk-in cooler. The restaurant is anticipated to open
in winter 2020.
In Q1, eight new non-residential permits were issued, for a total of 335,822 square feet. This square footage represents a 62 percent increase from the Q1 five-year average of 206,732 square feet. The three largest new non-residential permits issued were:
- Wegmans Food Market at Twin Lakes, 3710 Davis Drive – a 104,517 square-foot supermarket with 6,605 square feet of covered outdoor seating and 600 parking spaces
- Medical Office Building II: HealthPark at Kildaire, 110 and 120 Kildaire Park Drive – a five-story, 86,172 square-foot medical office building with a five-story, 102,684 square foot parking deck with 311 parking spaces
- Bitting Electric, 1000 Northgate Court – a single-story, 32,001 square-foot building consisting of 8,963 square feet of office space and 23,038 square feet of warehouse storage
There were 143 non-residential addition and alteration permits issued in Q1, a slight increase from the Q1 five-year average of 141. The three largest projects were:
- WakeMed Cary Hospital Expansion, 1900 Kildaire Farm Road – a 102,000 square-foot vertical addition and a 25,750 square-foot renovation, increasing the height of the building from three stories to six stories and adding 80 inpatient beds and a rooftop helipad
- Anchor Auto Outlet, 1300 Buck Jones Road – conversion of a vacant 71,360 square-foot single-story building into a motor vehicle showroom. The building was occupied by Princess Nails Supplies until they completed a new 91,340 square-foot building in Cary in fall 2018. The site was initially developed in 1996 as the first location for Crossroads Ford.
- Big Lots, 128 Kilmayne Drive – a 46,997 square-foot retail store renovation in Kroger Plaza
During Q1, there were 28 cases in the rezoning process; five cases were approved.
- An existing building on White Oak Church Road was approved for an additional use.
- A 1.98-acre tract at Green Level West Road and Branton Drive was rezoned to Office and Institutional Conditional Use (OI-CU) to allow a standalone office building of up to 15,000 square feet.
- The rezoning for the Pendergraft tract allows for up to 26 detached, single-family units.
- The Twyla Road North rezoning allows for a mix of residential and non-residential uses – 10,000 to 40,000 square feet of commercial/retail use, a 140 to 200 bed hotel, and up to 395 units of multi-family residential.
- The largest rezoning approved in Q1 was for Duke Health Systems, also a mix of residential and non-residential uses. This 69-acre rezoning located in the Green Level Destination Center allows for a maximum of 750,000 square feet of office, 55,000 square feet of commercial, 250 hotel rooms, 250 multi-family units and a 100-bed hospital.