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Wake Forest Commissioners approve rezoning of 77.09 acres

Groundwork in place for future Wegmans grocery store

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WAKE FOREST — Following a unanimous vote by the town planning board earlier this month, the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners approved a rezoning request of 77.09 acres located near the 500 block of Calvin Jones Highway during their Tuesday meeting.

The rezoning is part of the groundwork for a future Wegmans grocery store being planned in 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.

Wegmans will be located on the south side of the N.C. 98 bypass between Capital Boulevard and Siena Drive in Wake Forest.

The commissioners and Mayor Vivian Jones expressed satisfaction with the work of developer Stiles Corporation in reaching out to residents that would be affected by the rezoning.

“I think because of those efforts, this has been a project that has seen vast support,” Jones said.

“I think in 10-15 years, we’ll all be proud of this project,” Commissioner Liz Simpers added. “It’s always a good feeling when people come to support something as oppose to complain. It’s just incredible.”

The board also approved the reduction of the speed limit on NC 98 Business (Durham Road) from 45 mph to 40 mph. The request, made by a citizen and recommended after a speed study conducted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, determined that the speed limit should be lowered to ensure safer travel. The lower limit would stretch from the portion of Durham Road beginning at the intersection of Old Falls of Neuse Road to Wake Forest municipal limits located approximately 0.35 miles east of Old Falls of Neuse.

The final vote was 3-1 with Commissioner Greg Harrington dissenting. Commissioner Bridget Wall-Lennon was absent from the meeting.

The 2018 Wake Forest High School football team was recognized at the meeting for their third consecutive 4AA state championship. Jones read and presented a proclamation from the town congratulating the students and coaches on their achievements.

The next scheduled Wake Forest Board of Commissioners meeting is a work session on April 2, followed by a joint meeting with the planning board at 7 p.m. at Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.