"THE CITY OF RALEIGH WILL CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE INCREDIBLE RATES OF GROWTH AND URBANIZATION BETWEEN NOW AND 2030. AS THE CITY CONTINUES TO MATURE, ITS CHARACTER WILL BE DEFINED BY HOW IT MANAGES THESE TRENDS.”
2030 Comprehensive Plan
TRAFFIC IN CRABTREE IS ALREADY BAD. WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL IF WE ADD TO IT?
Traffic is not just an inconvenience, it is also a safety hazard putting citizens in harm's way. The City of Raleigh spent $250,000 to understand how to fix our traffic and safety nightmare, but the suggested improvements cost too much. In the meantime, we continue to witness serious crashes due to overcrowding in the area. What's more, Philcrest Drive is a sub-standard state road that is ill-equipped to handle any additional traffic.
DOESN'T THE PROXIMITY TO CRABTREE MALL MAKE THIS A GOOD FIT?
There are no pedestrian access points for the east side of Lead Mine Road. The Crabtree Valley Pedestrian Circulation Plan by the City dictates that pedestrians from the east (Lead Mine Road) would be directed to cross under Glenwood Avenue using the Greenway Trail.
WON'T THIS PROJECT HELP PEOPLE WHO NEED ACCESS TO TRANSIT?
This location is outside the City Growth Center which is programmed for mass transit and pedestrian improvements. This location is primarily car-dependent and there are no plans to improve pedestrian access or connectivity to the City Growth Center.
WILL THIS PROJECT INCREASE HOUSING AFFORDABILITY IN THE AREA?
This project will tear down naturally occurring affordable housing to build luxury housing that is out of reach for most area residents.
ISN'T THIS IN THE CITY GROWTH CENTER?
No, this is not part of the City Growth Center and there is no pedestrian access connecting this site to the City Growth Center.
Per the Comprehensive Plan, "pedestrians from the east (Lead Mine Road) would be directed to cross under Glenwood Avenue using the greenway trail."
WHAT IS A GROWTH CENTER?
Located throughout the city and along major urban and transit corridors, these
centers provide significant opportunities for new residential and economic development and redevelopment. Growth Centers provide circulator services to facilitate mobility within identified City Growth Centers.
BUT OUR ELDERLY NEIGHBORS NEED A PLACE TO LIVE, TOO.
They absolutely do, and they deserve a safe environment, as well. There are 12 Senior Living facilities within 2.5 miles of the proposed site that provide larger setbacks, walkable areas on site, and better visibility for entering and exiting the development.
DON'T YOU CARE ABOUT CITIZENS WHO NEED AFFORDABLE HOUSING?
We are a small community that has an abundance of high-density housing options in the area (13 apartment complexes within one mile of the proposed site). However, only three provide affordable housing. One of our naturally occurring affordable housing complexes will be demolished as part of the City Growth Center Projects at Crabtree. All our citizens deserve a chance at affordable housing within the city limits. Our dwindling affordable housing supply is a big concern. Citywide growth policies seek to guide development and redevelopment and promote varied and affordable housing options which this proposal does not fulfill.
WHAT IS "MISSING MIDDLE" HOUSING?
According to the City of Raleigh Comprehensive Plan, "'Missing Middle' Housing refers to building types such as
duplexes and small, three- or four-unit apartments that provide greater housing variety while maintaining the same scale as detached houses.
Policy UD 8.3 of the Comprehensive Plan states: Encourage sensitive densification in areas surrounding transit routes by promoting “missing middle” housing and accessory dwelling units in nearby residential areas, and the retrofit or redevelopment of existing underutilized properties.”
IS IT TRUE THAT NEIGHBORS JUST DON'T WANT APARTMENTS NEXT TO THEM?
We are a diverse neighborhood that is pro-growth. We believe that intensive and thoughtful development along an urban thoroughfare adjacent to a City Growth Center to increase the likelihood of further development and annexation is crucial to meet the desired outcomes established by the City.
A SHOP ON THIS SIDE OF LEAD MINE WOULD BE GREAT.
Certainly. However, the Developer’s Case limits retail space to no more than one ancillary retail unit (that would serve the residents of the complex) and does not address the need for more walkable services and retail for our area.
WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT A 4-STORY BUILDING? DOESN'T THE AREA ALREADY HAVE SEVERAL?
This project is situated outside of the Crabtree growth area, and it sits in the middle of single-family neighborhoods on all sides, so it would stick out from a height perspective. Additionally, the builder plans to build above and below ground to extend the building's total capacity and concrete footprint. Situated just 50 feet from homes, this compound would appear to be out of place in the context of the area.
We hope the City of Raleigh will allow this overlooked area to prosper by benefiting from compact and orderly growth and better coordination of infrastructure and land development. We would like to see more adequate, compatible and comprehensive development in this area next to a City Growth Center which has future plans of its own. There can be symmetry and seamless, good urban design here while also making the land more supportive of transit and walkable neighborhoods with improved safety in and around Crabtree traffic. This Raleigh rezoning case is incompatible. Tell the City to stop Lead Mine Tower.
'TRANSIT AREA INFILL'
Policy UD 8.3 2030 Comprehensive Plan
Encourage sensitive densification in areas surrounding transit routes by promoting “missing middle” housing and accessory dwelling units in nearby residential areas, and the retrofit or redevelopment of existing underutilized properties.