The Northwest Citizens Advisory Council held a unanimous vote last week to approve a rezoning case that would allow a new office building to be developed on Brier Creek Parkway.
The CAC first heard a presentation on the project, Z-22-15 in its July meeting. At that time, they learned that the case would create a new five-story, 168,000 square foot office building at 7751 Brier Creek Parkway. It would rezone the 9.48 acre property from CUD TD w/PDD to OX-5-CU and be developed by Heritage Properties.
As he did in July’s meeting, Chad Essick, of Poyner, Spruill LLP presented the case on behalf of Heritage. He reiterated that the development’s proximity to 400,000 square-feet of retail space would provide a public benefit, and that the development was in line with the future land use map. Current zoning would only allow retail development.
The only prohibited condition on the space would be a telecommunications tower greater than 250 feet. The CAC voted 7-0 in favor of the project.
New Greenways, Community Center
A new office building wasn’t the only construction project discussed at last week’s CAC meeting, as attendees also learned of a new community center and park coming to Abbotts Creek Park. The project will entail a new 30,000 square-foot community center and two multipurpose fields.
Schematic plans for the $9 million project were first developed in 2011, and the team working on the job since then has included Clark Nexsen Architecture, CLH Design, the Wooten Company, Barnhill Contracting and a variety of municipal and county agencies.
According to the city, the two story community center will “house a gymnasium with an elevated indoor track, fitness (equipment) room, multipurpose classrooms and studio, lockers and dressing rooms, and office areas.”
Construction broke group in the spring of 2014, and is anticipated to wrap up in the fall of this year.
In addition to the new community center, Northwest CAC attendees also learned last week that nearly five additional miles of greenway space were now open and ready for the public.
These include the 4.1 mile Crabtree Creek Trail East Extension, which connects the existing Crabtree Creek Trail to the Neuse River Trail at Anderson Point Park and the .8 mile Neuse River Trail Riverbend, which extends from the Upper Neuse River Trail at the WRAL soccer complex to the bridge east of Horseshoe Farm Park.