Fenton Mixed Use Development Q&A

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Questions submitted by citizens about the Fenton Mixed Use Development will be answered on this page several times a week. If you'd like to submit your own, you can do so on the main Fenton page. 
  • Can we get in a leasing space for this project before it begins developing?

    The developer’s leasing contact is Dotan Duckerman with Columbia Development.  He is located at 1845 St. Julian Place, Columbia, SC  29204, and can be contacted at (404) 790-1234 or dotan@columbiadevelopment.com

  • Have builders been identified for the residential detached homes?

    Fenton does not include any residential detached homes. The approved Rezoning and Preliminary Development Plan only includes multi-family (attached) residential dwelling units.

  • How much notice will citizens have when the draft Development Agreement is available for review? And how soon in 2018 is this anticipated?

    Town staff continues to work with the developer on preparing a draft Development Agreement for the Town Council’s consideration.  We anticipate that this draft will be available in late summer.

    The Development Agreement will require Town Council review and approval.  A public hearing will be held as part of this process.  The Agreement will be made available on the Town’s website at least 10 days before the hearing date.

  • I have a comment I'd like to share with the Town about this project. Who can I contact?

    Comments about the proposed Fenton mixed-use development may be shared directly by email to Town Council or during the Public Speaks Out portion of any upcoming regular Town Council meeting. You can also refer to the schedule of upcoming meetings about this project on the main development page.
  • If the company has trouble leasing to the retail tenants, what happens to the project? It has been noted they are seeking "Chef Led restaurants" and online stores adding brick & mortar locations. What if those ideas do not materialize?

    If the developer has trouble leasing to retail tenants, he may pursue other uses as permitted by the Preliminary Development Plan (some of the areas do allow uses other than retail on the ground floor).  If retail is the only use permitted in a given location, then the developer could continue looking for other retail tenants or potentially consider requesting a zoning change to expand the permitted uses for these locations. 

  • Is there a guarantee about the 8 parking decks being wrapped by the buildings?

    As far as parking deck screening is concerned, the developer has several options – wrapping/concealing the deck with other structures, designing the parking deck façade to reflect the architectural style of adjacent buildings, designing the deck to appear like a residential building, or screening the deck with mid-story evergreen trees.

  • To what extent will the developers be incorporating green, zero waste, and carbon neutral initiatives? There is a significant lack of attention to green initiatives in the design handbook.

    While there are no zoning conditions requiring these initiatives, several of these ideas (green and energy-efficient buildings, green roofs, living walls, EV charging stations, and low impact design) have come up in conversations with the developer. Since most of these initiatives are permitted by zoning (vertical wind turbines on roofs would not be allowed by the approved zoning), staff will continue to encourage the developer to include such environmentally and energy-conscious design elements into the project as they move forward with detailed development plans later this year.

    It is important to note that the Design Guidebook was created to make a commitment to a higher quality and caliber of architectural design than required by the Town’s normal standards, and to also allow more flexibility (e.g. green walls, recycled building materials) than would normally be the case with the Town’s standards.  As such, the Guidebook serves to guide the quality and variety of architectural design rather than advocating for green (or other) initiatives.

  • Two street alignments would help this development integrate with the downtown & the old mall. East Park St. could tie into Fenton for a direct access downtown. Also, if possible, the main boulevard coming out of Fenton should be connected directly to Convention & extended all the way to Walnut St.

    The goal of having good connectivity does have merit.  The Town’s recently approved Imagine Cary Community Plan reviewed all of the possible connections between downtown and the greater Eastern Cary Gateway area.  Due to the lack of connectivity of East Park Street to NW Maynard and with the goal of protecting the character of existing neighborhoods, East Park Street was not selected to serve as a primary connection between downtown and the Eastern Cary Gateway area.  Alternatively, Walnut Street and East Chatham Street were selected to provide this desired connectivity.  Accordingly, the Fenton developer is proposing to connect Trinity Road through the WakeMed Soccer Park to provide the missing connection between East Chatham Street and Cary Towne Boulevard.  This connection will significantly improve circulation by providing Fenton access to both of these primary corridors into downtown.  

    As far as Trinity Road connecting directly to Convention Drive at Cary Towne Center Mall, the Town is currently pursuing a study of the Trinity Road corridor between Chapel Hill Road and Walnut Street.  Any such connection would require the cooperation and participation of several other property owners and stakeholders (e.g. State of North Carolina, Triangle Aquatic Center, Cary Towne Center Mall and NCDOT), and we will be including these stakeholders as part of the upcoming study.  Once this study has been completed, we will have a better understanding of this area and potential options for improving connectivity.

  • Was there any proactive notice that this Agreement was available for review? When and what form was that notice?

    Notice of the availability of the proposed Development Agreement was provided on October 12, 2018, on both the Fenton Mixed Use Development website and the Town’s Public Hearing and Legal Notices portal.

  • What is approximate home condo pricing?

    The Town does not have any involvement with pricing information for developments. These decisions are up to the developer and the market.

  • What will happen to the cross country trails and races?

    While the State of North Carolina sold 92 acres on the south side of Walnut Creek for the Fenton Mixed Use development, the land north of the creek where the cross-country trails are located remains under State ownership and will continue to be leased and operated by the Town for recreational uses. 

  • What would happen to the Wake Med Soccer Park if access come through the park? Is the soccer park being relocated?

    The Town has been planning for Trinity Road to provide a north-south connection between Cary Towne Boulevard and East Chatham Street, and this segment is conceptually shown on the Town’s “Planned Roadway Widths” map that is part of the approved Imagine Cary Community Plan. The Town is currently pursuing a study of the Trinity Road corridor in this area to consider future growth options and how to mitigate any potential impacts to the park. This study will include the participation of the relevant property owners and stakeholders (e.g. State of North Carolina, Triangle Aquatic Center, Cary Towne Center Mall and NCDOT).  Once the study has been completed, we will have a much better understanding of this area and any potential impacts to the park.  While there are no plans to relocate the soccer park, some adjustments to the current layout may be needed. 

  • When is the start date and estimated completion date for this project?

    The developer hopes to start clearing and grading the site in the spring of 2019. It is our understanding that the developer is aiming to have the first phase of the project open in early 2021. There are multiple phases to the project, so we do not have an estimated completion date at this time.

  • When is Wegman Fenton in Cary going to break ground? Please don’t lose this deal like IKEA.

    The Fenton developer is planning to purchase the property in early April (2019) and begin clearing and grading the site this spring. It is our understanding that the developer is aiming to have the first phase of the project (which includes the site that has been identified for Wegmans) in early 2021.

    It is important to note that zoning only determines the types of uses (residential, office, commercial, etc.) and amount of density that can be developed on a site.  Zoning does not determine the actual businesses that occupy a site; property owners and private developers make these decisions.   

  • When will Fenton start breaking ground?

    The Fenton developer hopes to break ground in early 2019.

  • Will consideration be given to incorporating pedestrian and bicycling facilities on the Cary Towne Blvd corridor, in light of the pending need for non-motor vehicle access to the Fenton development? This should also include the crossing over the I-40 interchange.

    A ten-foot wide streetside trail will be provided along Fenton’s frontage on Cary Towne Boulevard. This multi-use path will connect to the existing sidewalk at the entrance to Adams Elementary and provide pedestrian and bicycling connectivity to the Fenton development. As far as the crossing over the I-40 interchange, this area is located in the City of Raleigh’s jurisdiction. Raleigh’s long range plans do show bike facilities over I-40, although there is currently no timeline for these improvements.

  • Will more office be added?

    At this time, we do not anticipate any more office being added to the project.
  • Will the middle of the development be kept to bikes and pedestrians? My opinion is that North Hills has been ruined by allowing cars to drive through the middle. Please keep automobiles to the parking decks and periphery! Very excited about this area.

    Per the approved Preliminary Development Plan, cars will be allowed to drive through the middle of the development. However, it is worth noting that there will only be one lane in each direction, and the vast majority of the parking spaces will be located in parking decks that are situated behind the buildings and tenants located on the main street. Essentially being one row of buildings away from the main street, the parking decks will have direct ingress and egress from the periphery of the development, and thus will allow pedestrians to easily reach the main central street without having to drive on it to find a parking space. 

    We also anticipate an emphasis on pedestrian amenities and circulation on the central street, including decorative hardscape and well-defined pedestrian crossings. If you would like to see examples of what Fenton's central area is supposed to be like, we recommend looking at pages 22-32 of Fenton’s Design Guidebook.