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  1. Wegmans committed 4 years ago. I believe this was the first Wegmans to be announced for the region and was the cherry when it came to the Fenton development. Many celebrated the announcement. You have to question what’s the issue with Cary in the town’s inability to attract and deliver big brands and new developments. IKEA, multiple mixed-use plans for Cary Towne Center, and this. All have fallen through. Why? Can it all be coincidence. Is working with the town too painful for developers? Cary has great demographics, yet the town continues to lack more (any?) upscale developments and retail. Why? IKEA coming to town. Everyone goes nuts. They back out. Top Golf. Nope. NIMBY. Multiple Cary Towne Center mixed-use redevelopments including the impressive Carolina Yard plan. Nope. Developers sell this prime real estate to Epic for a corporate campus with questionable value to citizens. And now this news. Wegmans cancels Cary store, but is looking at a space for Holly Springs. SMH. This is so tiring. http://gph.is/ZyO7oD
  2. I just heard about Epic. This is devastating news for those of who have been waiting for Cary Towne Center to be turned into something nice. The plans sounded so great, but now the owners dump the property to Epic who will turn it into a campus for their small company. So instead of nice stores, restaurants and other venues for residents, we get nothing. Typical Cary. The owners must have gotten cold feet with retail plummeting due to the pandemic. Seems odd since it would have been years before the site would have been built. Fork.
  3. I heard back from Doug McRainey, the Director of Cary's P&R and he said that the indoor sports complex will be part of the redevelopment and NOT the entire redevelopment. Local media really weren't clear at all. What a surprise.
  4. Maybe the sports complex is just part of the mixed-use plan, but it's never been mentioned before.
  5. I just posted something about this in another feed. What the hell happened with the impressive mixed-use project? This real estate is too valuable for this use and deserves something better. A sports complex could be placed anywhere.
  6. I'm very confused. I've been following the redevelopment of Cary Towne Center for years. Up until December 2019, everything was in place for the site to be redeveloped as a huge mixed use complex with an impressive mix of high rise office buildings, hotel, apartments, and retail. https://www.townofcary.org/projects-initiatives/cary-community-plan/eastern-cary-gateway/cary-towne-center-redevelopment Then oddly we see today that the site could be the site for a $193 million indoor sports complex. What?! https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article240188142.html (Wait. Not starting construction in 4 years? You've got to be kidding.) https://www.wral.com/latest-proposal-could-be-huge-boost-for-cary-towne-center/18949728/ (This story completely skipped over the 2019 redevelopment plan, going from IKEA to this.) What the hell happened to the mixed use complex? Did the owners sell the property back to the town? I have always wanted to Cary to do something big here and a sports complex just ain't it. This site is prime real estate for something much better. Does Cary have any vision? Fenton is already clearing land for a large, mixed use development right next door. I just don't see a majority of Cary residents ever using this venue. Giving up on Cary ever thinking big.
  7. In 2017, I thought the MLS required expansion teams to have their own soccer-specific stadiums. This knocked out a lot of potential cities, including Charlotte, after the city opted against using tax revenue dollars to partially fund a new stadium. I'd love to see a 25,000-35,000 stadium in Charlotte for MLS. I still remember the excitement of Friday/Saturday night Carolina Lightnin' games in Memorial stadium. I almost can smell the bratwurst and kraut. The team attendance was pretty good at the time -- 5,000 - 10,000 with 20,163 at the championship game. Carolina Lightnin' 1981 American Soccer League Champions
  8. LOVE this book growing up. I always felt it was sad when they couldn't get her out of the hole and turned her into a freaking boiler. But I digress.
  9. Here's the latest in the redevelopment plans for CTC. http://carycitizen.com/2017/12/06/mapping-out-the-future-of-cary-towne-center/
  10. Wow. I didn't expect the response to be negative. Compare this plan to Park West Village. It was originally supposed to have more gridded "streets" with stores, only to turn into big boxes, huge parking lots and outparcel strips. The entrance is beautiful. While the Wegman's gets everyone attention, I do like the two main streets with the boutiques, restaurants and stores. Now how does this affect Cary Towne Center? While they may get an IKEA, it doesn't replace the entire mall. They have to come up with a modernization plan to de-mall and develop something nicer. They are going to be stuck with a crappy interior mall or outlet mall if they don't do something. Has anyone heard of any plans beyond IKEA.
  11. Yesterday we finally got to see the plans for the Wegman's complex in Cary. The street entrance reminds me a lot of the Ballentyne area of South Charlotte. The streets of boutiques & restaurants remind me of Rockville Town Center in VA or Birkdale Village in Huntersville, NC. Plan: https://mgtvwncn.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/eastern-cary-gateway-site-plan.pdf http://www.columbiadevelopment.com/projects/eastern-cary-gateway http://www.wral.com/wegman-s-supermarket-to-anchor-cary-s-version-of-north-hills/16662632/ http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/cary-news/article72697562.html I hope this puts even more pressure on CBL Associates, owner of Cary Towne Center, to do something to the failing mall. Yes, IKEA may be coming, but that does not replace the mall. One section of the mall will need to be razed, but what about the remaining portion? If they don't de-mall into something nicer, they're gonna be stuck with a crapty outlet mall or something like South Hills, with this jewel right across the street from them.
  12. The N&O reported on the rumors last week about IKEA coming to Cary, but it was still just rumors. In Mayor Weinbrecht's blog post yesterday on CaryCitizen.com, he pretty much gave up the secret that it was in fact IKEA. "We also talked about the redevelopment of the mall called project emerald. Apparently, the potential business wants it to remain a secret even though it was on the front page of the News and Observer. All I can say is that project emerald equals blue and yellow. We will see how this is presented to the council in the future." Someone on Reddit joked that blue and yellow means that Cary's about to get a Blockbuster Video! I really hope CBL tears down the entire mall and focuses on building a walkable, mixed-use area along the Walnut Street side with restaurants/retail/apartments and then have IKEA in the back.
  13. I just can't see IKEA going in the CTC spot. The footprint of the store and parking may be larger than the mall property. I don't think that's the right thing to go in that location. Cary and the area need something more mixed-use, commercial, residential to go along with Wegman's development next door. If IKEA does come to the Triangle, I see it being off I-40 somewhere south of Raleigh.
  14. Yes, before the new North Hills developing in Raleigh was built, North Hills Mall was demolished, only leaving the JCPenney's store. I do like what they've done on the north and south sides of the street.
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