Published: Mar 12, 2013 02:07 PM
Modified: Mar 12, 2013 04:34 PM
CARY - The local government is putting its plans for a “crown jewel” downtown park
on display Tuesday evening.
Town staff want to hear residents’ critiques and suggestions for the “opportunity site” plan, which could put a mix of multi-level development, a boutique hotel, a public park, a farmers market and more in downtown Cary.
Here’s what you need to know before you go to the 6 p.m. meeting at Town Hall:Location, location, location
The new downtown park and development would sit on about 13 acres, surrounded by Academy, Walnut, Park and Walker streets. So far, Cary has paid almost $10 million to buy up much of the land.
The town will preserve at least two properties, including the Pasmore House and the John P. Hunter House, which are part of a historic district. The town will clear much of the rest of the land.Downtown debate
Local leaders have talked about a downtown park since the early 2000s, but the vision has shifted considerably over time. While some early plans showed a park sprawling across most of the block, the town now may resell some of the outer ring of land to developers.
Already, it’s likely that a boutique hotel, The Mayton Inn
, will go on one corner of the block. Other sites could be sold for retail or residential use.
Besides the money for the land, the town has set aside $2 million of bond money to plan and build the park.Your opinion
The plans for the park aren’t final – they will likely go before the Cary Town Council for approval sometime in the next few months. That’s why the town is asking for public opinion now.
A strong outcry at the Tuesday meeting could sway council members’ opinions on important issues, such as the proper mix of development and parkland.