Commissioners ban parking on access road.
By David Leone
WAKE FOREST — It didn’t take long for a new school to run into traffic issues.
Even before opening day at Endeavor Charter School yesterday (Wednesday), a new law had been enacted to address a potentially hazardous parking situation.
The formerly Raleigh-based charter built its new building off Burlington Mills Road near the South Forest Industrial Park. Sharing an access road with heavy-duty truck traffic led to the issue, Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones told commissioners Tuesday night at town hall.
“When the school was getting ready to open they had an event and parents parked on both sides of One World Way,” Jones said.
The tight space left over created a hazard for the parents and children, considering the number of industrial vehicles (and cars) that enter and exit that way, she added.
Commissioners agreed with her, voting 4-0 to block parking on both sides of One World Way from Burlington Mills Road to Unicon Drive.
Commissioner Zachary Donahue is on vacation and was not present for the vote.
Parking and vehicle queueing issues are germane to the town’s schools — including charters.
The afternoon lineup for Franklin Academy’s elementary school is so long, vehicles wait on multiple side streets up to a half-mile from the front doors to prevent impeding other traffic.
And parking is restricted on many of the streets around Wake Forest High (and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) to keep some spaces free for residents.
One school that may avoid parking woes is the new Wake Forest Charter Academy. During its orientation and ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, the school’s parking lot was quickly exhausted. So parents just spilled over next door — into the Gateway Commons shopping center, where there was plenty of parking.
In the hopper
The commissioners’ remaining agenda was light, reflecting a summer lull in new development.
A public hearing to annex about 30 acres off Rogers Road near Marshall Farm Road for a future residential neighborhood shows that development is continuing, however. The hearing was continued until Sept. 16 to tie it into a rezoning plan for the property.
And the board also, as part of its consent agenda, approved a replacement resolution calling for a bond referendum (see related story, page 3A).
The town plans to ask voters to approve $25.1 million in streets, parks and greenways bonds in the fall election. A technical error in the original resolution left out the smattering of Wake Forrest residents who vote in Franklin County.
The bonds are needed to keep up with the needs of the growing town population, commissioners have argued.
•Movin’ on up: Massey Apartments may be in line for a major makeover, if what Jones said comes true. During comments at the end of the meeting, the mayor noted that Wake County is seeking a grant to rework the public housing development on North Allen Road that would include razing the existing brick buildings and replacing them with townhouses.
Existing residents would be temporarily relocated during construction. The grant pays only for the study, Jones added.
•Remodeling project: It’s been a while since talk began of fixing up the Ailey Young house, the birthplace of Allen Young, who founded the first school in town for blacks.
The Historic Preservation Commission, Commissioner Jim Thompson reported, is ready to take the next step. A master plan for refurbishing the ramshackle building has been fashioned. The first goal is to fix the roof.
•Incentives adjusted: A previously-approved resolution to grant tech company 3Phoenix $90,000 in economic incentives was adjusted by unanimous vote to allow a more viable employee-hiring goal. Town Attorney Eric Vernon said that instead of requiring the company construct a third building (the second building at its Capcom Avenue site just opened), the company promises to hire 70 new employees by 2018. The average salary at 3Phoenix is $100,000.
•Hub approved: The official language that received a yea vote was “Approv[al] conveyance of easement.” What it means is that RST Global Communications, the new super-speed fiber-optic cable company installing lines in town, can build a small mobile electronics hub at East Jones Avenue and South Taylor Street on town-owned property for its Wake Forest network.
The company has hooked up several neighborhoods and is waiting on word from state officials to run its line across the Neuse River to connect to the existing network.
•The suit goes on: A closed session was convened at the end of the meeting so commissioners could meet with Vernon to talk about the town’s lawsuit against Heaton Construction. Heaton was the general contractor for town hall. Built in 2009, the building has required reconstruction and replacement of window flashing to deal with rainwater leaks. No action was taken after the session.