Archive for March, 2010

Option E Strikes Gold for Carolina Pines Renovations

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

We told you about the possible changes coming to Carolina Pines in a previous post. Last night, those attending the first public session about the proposed renovations and additions to Carolina Pines Community Center got to see the first set of options.

The session was hosted by Lynn Sullivan, project manager with Raleigh Parks & Recreation and Jeff Rezeli & Corey Bates from New City Design Group. The scope of the project is to expand meeting space, replace the HVAC system, improve site and building access, reconfigure the large club room, and improve energy efficiency (by using green technology wherever possible).

Aerial view of proposed changes to Carolina Pines

Aerial view of proposed changes to Carolina Pines


Missing Trailwood Springs Sign? Again?

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

As many of you have seen from driving by, the first Trailwood Springs sign, at the intersection of Lineberry Drive and Paul’s Penny Lane, has been damaged. Again!  Just a little before 2:00 am on March 11th, a driver from the University Village (formerly Melrose Club apartments) parking lot collided with four vehicles in their attempt to pull out of the parking lot.

Missing Sign


New American House project is an investment in green, sustainable community

Monday, March 29th, 2010

The New American House project is a great investment opportunity and could be a marquee sustainable community for South West Raleigh. It would be a new model for green home-building in the Triangle, the State of North Carolina, and perhaps the nation. But the project is in jeopardy of not coming to fruition if it doesn’t attract enough investors.

The plan for this community is solid. The opportunity to have 12 sustainable, green homes in this area designed by 12 different designers, all from North Carolina, is unlikely to come our way again. Since I first heard about this project in 2008, I thought it was an awesome concept and a great idea. We can help by spreading the word and gathering additional support in the form of investors for the project.

New American House Project on Trailwood Drive


Community Gardens Anyone?

Friday, March 26th, 2010

There may be a great opportunity to build a community garden at the future park on Lineberry & Sierra Drive. If someone in the community has interests, it would be great for you to attend the event mentioned below and report back to the neighborhood on if a community garden is a viable option for the park.

This City of Raleigh announces Advocates for Health in Action’s Community Garden Summit on April 17th.

For more information, (more…)

The Garner Death Curve II – 56 Crashes over 5 years

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

One might think it’s simple to get an old bridge replaced and a road widened, bringing it up to par with the rest of Tryon road just to the west. But nothing is easy in South West Raleigh. Neglected for our brethren to the North and downtown, from goat trails on Lake Wheeler Road to abandoned infrastructure at Renaissance Park, our roadway priorities our toyed with on a long list of projects that are years away from completion. But some of the folks are working diligently in the community to bring awareness about the lack of coordination and funding to complete Tryon Road.

We have this 17 page accident report to share. It tells the story of 56 crashes, 1 fatal, from 06/01/2004 to 06/01/2009. The report is on Tryon Road [State Road (SR) 1370] between Fairway Drive & Junction Blvd. (more…)

Google Fiber, in Raleigh? Help compete for it by March 26

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

I became a FaceBook fan and completed the survey for Google Finer to come to Raleigh. If you are interested in this, keep on reading, become a fan, and check out this video to learn more. The survey must be completed by March 26, 2010.


Have you completed your 2010 census?

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

I just completed my 2010 census form for our household. It was pretty easy. A few check boxes, names, and birth dates and it was back in the prepaid envelope, then the mail. Completing the census is important to Raleigh, it will determine how much, Raleigh and North Carolina will be eligible for “$487 billion in federal funds annually distributed for essentials such as hospitals, job training centers, schools, senior centers, transportation and public utility infrastructure and emergency services.”

With the growth in NC over the last decade, it could mean an increase in the number of seats our state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives. Have you filled yours out yet? If not, you should complete it by National Census Day, April 1, 2010.

More information: City of Raleigh | Census 2010

DDNA Meeting Notes March 2010

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

The monthly District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA) meeting was held on March 20, 2010 at the Wade Avenue Whole Foods community room. We continued discussion around the UDO (Uniform Development Ordinance) process and the urgent need for citizen comments. The new code is of greater importance than the review of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan.

Great schools in Wake County also held an event this morning where many of our DDNA members were. There was no special guest today, it’s been busy at city hall with the Lightner Center, pre-budget preparation, and the new Raleigh Code development review. (more…)

UDO – Community, Not Subdivisions

Monday, March 15th, 2010

I attended one of the UDO (Unified Development Ordinance) public learning and review sessions this evening, it lasted about 30 minutes. I only know this because as I was heading in, the session was wrapping up. I was bummed to be late and miss the session, but got a chance to catch up with Ken Bowers, Deputy Director, Department of City Planning and Lee Einsweiler, Principal-in-Charge, Code Studio.

Talking with other folks afterwords, the session was a good update on the project and a time to get questions answered. Comments on the Diagnostic & Approach Report are due by March 31, 2010. Anyone (that includes you) can comment directly on the report by logging into the Limehouse web portal at (more…)

Update 1: No Funding for Tryon Road Bridge

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

UPDATE March 9, 2010

Please see the following update provided by Ed Johnson, CAMPO, in response to No Funding for Tryon Road Bridge, which has some important information not captured in the original post. We want to make sure that you have all the facts and this is vital to making sure we have posted accurate information. Thank you Ed for making sure we have the most complete information that we can about this project.

Your very good report has one factual error. It was NCDOT’s decision not to include subregional tier projects in this first round of prioritizations, not CAMPO’s. This was purportedly due to concerns about data adequacy, but lack of time and resouces probably figured in as well.