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Eastern Cary Gateway Online

A new webpage for the Eastern Cary Gateway is now available to serve as a consolidated point of information about development activity. The main page includes links to the Fenton Mixed Use Development, Cary Towne Center Redevelopment — Phase I (IKEA) and Cary Towne Center Redevelopment — Phase II projects. There are also links to WakeMed Soccer Park, Triangle Aquatic Center, and Adams Elementary School, all of which are part of this special planning area. The site will continue to be updated with information for our citizens and business and civic leaders regarding the projects that are active within the Eastern Cary Gateway.

Eastern Cary Gateway Strategy Team

A multi-departmental Strategy Team is in place to discuss, plan, and ultimately implement a strategy that will ensure the success of the Eastern Cary Gateway Special Planning Area vision. Sub-groups have been formed to discuss high level strategies for implementing the vision. These sub-groups include Mobility, Soccer, Development, Relationships, Economic Development, and Town Participation. Staff from the Manager’s Office; Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources; Transportation and Facilities; Planning; Water Resources; Fire; Finance; Legal; Police; Human Resources; Public Works; and Utilities as well as Chamber staff are all participating in the sub-group discussions. We believe this team can ultimately be the model for proactively ensuring that Council’s vision of the Special Planning Area becomes reality and a model for other high priority initiatives.

Special Studies Update

At the first quarter planning meeting in November, Council directed staff to begin work on three special  studies: Piney Plains special area study, a private street study, and a market research study for the Eastern  Cary Gateway and Crossroads area. Staff is taking steps to begin these studies and we will bring back a more complete update on progress at the third quarter meeting in May.

Population Update

As of December 31, 2017, Cary’s population is estimated at 161,595, an increase of 2,730 residents in the past twelve months. This is a 1.72 percent increase over the 2016 second quarter estimate of 158,865.