Council worried about traffic

ajames@newsobserver.comNovember 22, 2013 

— The Town Council on Monday expressed concerns about traffic that would flow from a proposed apartment complex off of U.S. 70 Business.

The Promenade would be a gated commnity with 288 units, a clubhouse, pool, dog park and theater room. It would be located on 22.46 acres at the intersection of U.S. 70 Business and Shotwell Road, behind the BP gas station and Bojangle’s.

Councilman Michael Grannis said he feared the increased traffic from an apartment complex would lead to accident.

“That intersection, in my opinion, is an accident waiting for a place to happen,” he said.

To move forward with The Promenade, the developer, Caviness and Cates, has applied to change the land’s zoning from commercial to residential. The planning board last month backed the zoning change, which is now before the council.

The council moved the request to its next meeting, Dec. 2, saying it wanted more information on the development and traffic flow.

The developer conducted a traffic study, which the N.C. Department of Transportation has reviewed. That study called for right-in, right-out access on U.S. 70 Business and full-directional access on Shotwell Road.

The Promenade would have one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Monthly rent would range from $800 to $1,100.

The apartments would be across U.S. 70 Business from the Cleveland Draft House, which is under construction.

Land greenways

The developer of Cobblestone subdivision wants to give 41.9 acres to Clayton.

“We feel like this is a very beneficial donation to the town,” said Town Manager Steve Biggs.

The town council is reviewing covenants that govern use of the land and has not yet accepted the donation.

“We need to make sure this won’t restrict us from developing any of the area as a greenway,” Biggs said.

The land, on the south side of town, would be ideal for a greenway leading to the Clayton Community Center.

Already, the town plans to link the Community Center to a pedestrian connector that would also link to Clayton High School, downtown, Cooper Elementary School and several residential neighborhoods. The proposed connector would use existing sidewalks, planned sidewalks and greenways.

James: 919-553-7234

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