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  1. A planned commercial development on the west side of town got approval Tuesday night to start turning dirt. Woodhaven Development Group is building more than 170,000 square feet of retail and restaurant spaces on 23 acres on the southwest side of the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Raleigh Road Parkway. Members of the planning and design review board had to decide the fate of the Heritage Corner Shopping Center Tuesday night and after a few questions, the project received the green light. “We’re really excited to be in Wilson,” said Adam Bickley, a partner at Woodhaven. “We believe in Wilson. We like the city, and we want to be a part of the continual push for growth in Wilson.” Traffic was among the concerns, but engineer Ron Sutton with Herring Sutton & Associates explained that a traffic impact study was conducted by the N.C. Department of Transportation to determine how to handle volume spurred by Heritage Corner as well as an adjacent housing development planned. Sutton explained that turn and extra lanes would be added with a traffic light on Airport Boulevard planned in the second phase of the commercial development. “We want the free flow of traffic during peak time periods on Airport Boulevard and Raleigh Road Parkway,” Sutton said. Janet Holland, Wilson land development manager, said connectivity within the developments — especially for pedestrians — was considered throughout the process. In addition to sidewalks around the property, there are crosswalks and walkways planned through the nearly 550 planned parking spaces. “The development will provide sidewalks as a means for a pedestrian network,” Bickley said. “We have worked closely with the residential component to create interconnectivity throughout the entire development, spanning through both the commercial and the residential areas, thereby increasing the developments walkability.” He added the look of the buildings will be similar to Heritage Crossing. http://wilsontimes.com/stories/heritage-corner-shopping-center-gets-ok,189321
  2. Chapel Hill: The Charlottesville/Madison of North Carolina.
  3. Nearly 500 high-end apartments received preliminary approval Tuesday and the project near Heritage Crossing heads to the city council for rezoning during the Aug. 15 meeting. "If this goes in the way the conceptual site plan looks, it is going to be a nice place," said Ralph Owens, member of the Wilson planning board. Janet Holland, Wilson land development manager, gave an overview of the project that includes 20 buildings of 24 units each constructed across 45 acres. Officials said the project would be done in three phases with the first part consisting of six three-story apartment buildings, a clubhouse and pool. "There will be sidewalks throughout providing connectivity from unit-to-unit as well as streets to connect to the adjacent property for access to additional residents, but also commercial properties for daily needs," Holland said. "This is one of those opportunities to reduce the use of vehicles with a pedestrian-friendly environment." City officials gave the go-ahead in March for the development of 250 homes and townhouses on an adjacent parcel between the Evolve at Heritage apartment project and Airport Boulevard. Both developments reportedly are expected to be higher-end construction with the price tag for homes and townhouses not expected to exceed $300,000 and Evolve expecting rents to range from $950 to $1,350 for one- to three-bedroom units. Mike Winstead Sr.'s son, Michael Jr., is the principal partner of Evolve and the elder said Thornberry Apartments is similar to what the new complex will offer, but with updated amenities. http://wilsontimes.com/stories/more-west-wilson-housing-planned,185805?
  4. Shared moped rentals are the next trend, a la Vietnam. They are debuting in DC right now.
  5. Yeah, here in DC, Metro harassment and uncomfortable encounters is a normal part of our commutes, public interactions. You learn how to look down and ignore
  6. The first segment of the Winston-Salem Beltway is scheduled to open in November
  7. NCDOT adds “Constructing part of the U.S. 74 Wadesboro Bypass in Anson County” to its new draft plan: https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2019/2019-01-10-draft-stip.aspx The Rockingham bypass project that was slated to begin in 2026 will be accelerated to begin as early as this fall as part of the Department of Transportation’s 2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) to be announced Thursday. The bypass project is the same that created the infamous curve on U.S. 220 South where at least two tractor trailers have gone over the guardrail and many other vehicles have wrecked since its opening last summer. Under the new STIP, the rest of the project will go out to bid this fall and begin construction at the end of this year or early next year, six years earlier than it it was previously scheduled to begin. https://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/84661/bypass-project-around-rockingham-accelerated-from-2026-to-2020
  8. NCDOT adds “Constructing part of the U.S. 74 Wadesboro Bypass in Anson County” to its new draft plan: https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2019/2019-01-10-draft-stip.aspx
  9. Yes, gridlock here is so bad that buses are caught in the same traffic everyone else is. The Metro has been plagued by incessant problems that delay trains.
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