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Planning Board approves Wegmans development

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WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Planning Board unanimously recommended approval of a master plan for a Wegmans grocery store in the southwest area of the future Forbes family planned unit development during its March 5 meeting.

The board also approved rezoning 77 acres on both sides of the N.C. 98 bypass along Dr. Calvin Jones Highway from a neighborhood business to a PUD.

Jacob Anderson of the Alliance Group, a local real estate development firm specializing in acquisition for residential and commercial use, said that the toughest part of the rezoning – traffic flow – is his chief concern.

“As a Wake Forest resident, I can tell you we wouldn’t be here today if traffic wasn’t worked out.” Anderson said. “It was initially worked out about a year and half ago, which just shows how long the details needed to be worked out.”

Most of the discussion during the public hearing centered on traffic and the proposed changes to the area.

Due to the rezoning, there will be three new traffic signals along the bypass between South Main Street and Capital Boulevard. There will also be an extension of a four-lane street with the median section of Ligon Mill Road from its current end in the Reynolds Mill subdivision to the bypass.

Joe Acosta, a resident of Reynolds Mill, initially expressed concerns about area children ages 12 and under being endangered due to a road or a track along the proposed greenway between the PUD and Reynolds Mill that could be used as a cut-through in the future.

“To be honest, when I first heard about the project, I had my concerns. But after meeting with the development team, they put more at ease. As parents, we would want to see traffic in that area minimized.”

The Wake Forest town commissioners will address the Wegmans development and rezoning at their Tuesday meeting.

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