Garner expands east and west

kjahner@newsobserver.comMay 20, 2014 

— The town’s planning commission went coast to coast at its May meeting.

The appointed planning review board OK’d plans for one new commercial project near the northwest corner of town along with annexation of an existing one that would become the eastern-most property in town at its May 12 meeting.

The committee also approved the next step forward for Cabela’s, the outdoors superstore slated to be the new White Oak Crossing shopping center anchor. That project continues to move toward its targeted opening in Spring of 2015.

Viztek, a 74,000-square-foot commercial property on U.S. 70 almost two-and-a-half miles east of I-40, occupies the property that the town would annex with council approval. The property doesn’t border any town land and would become a “satellite” annexation.

The company wants to join the town’s water system, according to town planning director Brad Bass. He said it had designs to expand the facility’s workforce beyond the roughly 30 currently working there, which would stretch beyond its well’s capabilities. Another upgrade would include sprinkler systems. The building would remain on a septic system for sewage.

The property would add to the town’s tax base. It is valued by Wake County at $1.8 million.

On the other side of town, Watson Land Design Services intends to build warehouse and office space on the southwest intersection of Junction Boulevard and Tryon Road for property owner Plaza El Toro. The commission approved a conditional site use plan for the site which is currently vacant.

“It’s pretty much typical of the types of buildings we’ve seen in the Junction Boulevard area,” Bass said.

Plaza El Toro also owns the restaurant and retail space across the street.

Cabela’s also had a conditional site use plan recommended by the planning commission. The council must next approve the plan. Neither project has a building permit yet, which requires more detailed construction plans for any buildings.

Core Properties, the developer for the White Oak Crossing expansion, has cleared and been completing the major grading for the Cabela’s plot as well as the rest of the still-to-be-developed land on the northeast corner of U.S. 70 and Jones Sausage Road. It expects to hand over the site to Cabela’s in June, at which point the retailer will begin having its own contractor complete more detailed grading and begin construction.

No announcements have yet been made regarding other retailers or restaurants that will open at White Oak.

Jahner: 919-829-4822; Twitter: @garnercleveland

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