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BCR's Daily Fishwrap Report for August 5, 2010

If you haven't been paying attention -- and you probably have -- the last 48 hours have been extremely busy ones for the 751 South development, for whom the big night (redux) at the BOCC is approaching rapidly this Monday.

Three different threads and themes, all courtesy of the Indy Weekly and the N&O:

  • A July 30 letter sent to NCDOT by 751 South's attorneys threatens a possible lawsuit against the agency over what's being called an "unlawful execution and recordation" of a revocation of the deed of easement NCDOT accepted from the developer just before a protest petition was validated. (That easement, developer Alex Mitchell told the N&O, seems to have been hoped to then invalidate the opposition of properties across 751.) (N&O)
  • A Durham real estate appraiser is facing a complaint to the state board of appraisal over a report she wrote that, after editing by the developer team rushing to get it out the door in the mail to Chancellor's Ridge residents, implied all homes in the development were lagging neighboring SoDur 'hoods in appreciation -- something that could be remedied through the development of 751 South, developers argue. The findings of lagging values actually applied only to the Chancellor's Ridge townhomes, not the whole development, an error admitted by the appraiser who signed the report after the development team edited and pared down the report. (Indy, N&O)
  • More on those commitments: the Indy noted Tuesday that developers are offering last-minute concessions to try to win over neighboring skeptics; impervious surface levels, affordable housing commitments (important to Brenda Howerton), retail sites limited to 75,000 sq. ft., and open space saves will be added to the site plan by Monday, Mitchell says. (Indy)

More news after the jump.

Road Projects: The Triangle did well overall in the just-released, depoliticized TIP program; Alston Ave.'s widening was delayed from next year until 2014 and the East End Connector pushed from 2013 to 2014 as expected, but a range of other regional projects -- including widening Raleigh's beltway and I-40 from Wake to Johnston, plus improvements to US 70 east of I-540, are on tap, mostly later in the decade. In 2019, I-40 would also be widened from US 15/501 to I-85, while I-85 around Hillsborough would see widening and new intersections, too. (N&O)

City of Medicine Academy: DPS is rolling forward with plans to build the City of Medicine Academy small high school facility; it's currently housed in a onetime Verizon facility on Roxboro St., while the new school building will be on the campus of Durham Regional Hospital. It's being built so as to serve as an office building in the event DPS closes the school, providing some resale value if needed. (The Durham News)

Rolling Hills Worries: Affordable housing advocates are continuing to push back on the proposed redirection of CDBG and other Federal low-income housing program dollars for Rolling Hills instead of their current use by a mix of non-profits for housing starts, homelessness programs and the like. Advocates for those efforts are skeptical the City will be able, as it pledges, to make up those funds from other sources. (The Durham News)

DTCC Up 8%: Enrollment at Durham Tech for the fall semester is up 8% this year; improved enrollment processes allowing earlier sign-up for classes, along with the tough economic conditions, are thought to be key factors. (Herald-Sun)

RDU Terminal 2 Nears Construction End: The completion of RDU's new Terminal 2 is on the horizon, with the project schedule having moved up a month for completion before the NHL All-Star Game comes to town. A Jan. 23 opening is scheduled for the facility, which will see US Airways and Continental jump ship from the aging Terminal 1. That aging facility will be reduced in size and see renovations start in 2012; low-cost carriers JetBlue, AirTran and Southwest will find their home in Terminal 1. (Herald-Sun)

Comments

Natalie

How are they allowed to change the plan while they are asking for a re-zoning. It seems that if they are making that many new comitted elements they would have to submit a new re-zoning petition.

Marc

They might have pared down the report but did they also pare down the cover letter? (which can be read on the IndyWeek site): http://www.indyweek.com/blogs/triangulator/

"It confirms that mixed-used projects such as North Hills in Raleigh and Meadowmont in Chapel Hill have had a positive effect on the values of nearby residential residential neighborhoods. Neighborhoods more removed from commercial / mixed-use development, such as Chancellor's Ridge, have not enjoyed the same rate of appreciation."

751 South:

30,000+ new car trips
Increase traffic on NC 751 by over 300%
No commitments to transit
No coordination with neighboring Chatham County
Use easement with NCDOT to subvert citizen protest petition and then threaten to sue NCDOT

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