New development slated for Rogers-Forestville crossing.
By David Leone
WAKE FOREST — A second grocery is slated for Rogers Road. A plan for the Shoppes at Heritage is currently under review at the Wake Forest Planning Department.
The name of the store isn’t listed on the plans, which calls for the grocery and some outparcel lots to be developed on 19 acres on the southwest corner of the Rogers Road and Forestville Road intersection.
The topography of the site, along with its proximity to the Rogers Road bridge and the intersection itself, has been challenging for the petitioner, Columbia Partners Capital, LLC, according to Assistant Planning Director Chad Sary.
“They’ve changed it twice and probably will change it again,” he said about the site layout.
An additional challenge is that the Rogers Road bridge is slated to be replaced in 2015, temporarily closing the road, and the driveways will have to accommodate any temporary changes to the roadway when that work begins.
“The driveways are going to have to be carefully looked at so it doesn’t get any worse,” Sary added.
He expects the rezoning/master plan to be ready for the planning board in a couple of months.
Senior housing project
Two other plans are in the works for Heritage, a senior living community and an apartment complex.
Hunting Springs Housing Associates, LLC, is siting an 84-unit apartment development designed for senior citizens at 1887 S. Franklin St., a little north of the Sheetz at Rogers and Franklin streets. The apartments are across Franklin from the first phase of Holding Village, a large planned development finally underway after years of delays.
The apartments are a permitted use on the site, meaning there is no zoning or public hearing required. The town’s design review board recently signed off on the project, Sary said.
Also in the hopper is Courtyard at Heritage Grove, an 82-lot single family residential subdivision to be nestled between existing housing on 30 acres off Rogers Road, Marshall Farm Street and Springflow Circle.
The land is currently owned by the Stoutt family. Petitioner Epcon Communities will market the bungalow and ranch-style homes to people 55 and older, Sary said.
“That kind of (infill project) kind of falls in with our Community Plan and land use plan with that area,” he said.
The rezoning/master plan will likely be presented to the planning board in September, Sary estimated.
The planning board had nothing on its agenda for August, so the meeting was canceled.
To keep tabs on commercial and residential developments under review at Wake Forest Planning, as well as new business permits, see the monthly report available at wakeforestnc.gov/planning.aspx.
Note that the development list includes both previously approved projects and those that have yet to go to the planning and town boards for approval.
A list of all the projects and rezonings approved or rejected by commissioners in 2013 is also available at the above link.