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In Cary, greenways will soon link American Tobacco Trail to Umstead State Park

By the end of 2019, greenways in Cary could link the American Tobacco Trail to Umstead State Park.

“This coming year, we will be getting closer to finishing the White Oak Creek Greenway, which will go all the way from Bond Park to the American Tobacco Trail,” Town Council member, Jennifer Robinson said.

That remaining work, about two miles in all, is in two segments. The longer segment, 1.81 miles from Green Level Church to the American Tobacco Trail, is under construction with completion scheduled for early 2019. The second segment, between MacArthur Drive and Davis Drive, is much shorter at four-tenths of a mile. But it’s more complicated because it requires a crossing under a CSX rail line.

“We’re still working on an agreement with CSX,” Amy Mackintosh, a landscape architect with the town, said in an email. “But we’re planning to start this fall if agreements are finalized.”

Given a year for construction, the project will wrap up in the fall of 2019.

That will be cause for excitement, George said. “When the town finishes those two miles of greenway, we’ll have 14 continuous miles of greenway that run from the American Tobacco Trail all the way to Umstead Park,” he noted in “Cary Matters.”

That’s because the White Oak Creek Greenway will stretch from the American Tobacco Trail to Bond Park, where it already meets the Black Creek Greenway, which runs to Umstead Park.

The town considers the White Oak and Black Creek greenways the spine of its greenway system, but those two trails have plenty of company in Cary, which has more than 80 miles of trails.

Also this year, the town plans to begin work on two segments of the Panther Creek Greenway. One segment will run 1.2 miles from the Cameron Pond neighborhood to Green Level Church Road. The second segment will run one-third of a mile to connect to Mills Park.

“When complete, this 4.9-mile greenway will run from Highway 55 to the American Tobacco Trail,” Robinson noted.

Beyond greenways, Cary this year is designing two 20-acre neighborhood parks — one on McCrimmon Parkway and one on Carpenter Fire Station Road.

Possible amenities for the McCrimmon Parkway park include nature trails, a play area, a picnic shelter, an open lawn, an open-air pavilion, a dog park, courts, adult fitness and a corner plaza.

The Carpenter Fire Station Road park could feature a play area for teens, sports fields, courts for tennis and pickleball, adult fitness areas, a picnic shelter, wetland education, a lawn and space for future fields and courts.

When the town will build these parks is an open question. Cary has set aside the money for design but not construction.

by: Scott Bolejack, New & Observer
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The Triangle is home to one of the safest cities in the U.S., report says

For the third year in a row, a Triangle town has landed on SmartAsset’s list of “The Safest Cities in America.”

Cary ranked No. 5 on the 2017 list, up three spots from last yearIn 2015, it ranked fourth.

SmartAsset evaluated 200 U.S. cities for its study, focusing on crime rates, vehicular mortality rates, drug poisoning rates, excessive drinking, air quality and the percent of commuters who drive to work alone. Not much has changed in the lineup from 2016.  The cities that came in before Cary were #4) Alexandria, VA, #3) Naperville, IL, #2) Fremont, CA, and #1) Sunnyvale, CA.

Regarding Cary, SmartAsset reported:

“There are only about 1,100 total crimes per 100,000 residents. For both violent crime rate and property crime rate it ranks in the top 5.

“It also has a relatively low number of drug overdoses. Cary has 8.1 deaths from drug overdoses per 100,000 residents. It ranks in the top 16% in that metric.”

Cary was the only North Carolina town to make the list. The town has also been named one of the 10 safest cities for drivingand a top 10 town for millennial homebuyers.

By  , Triange Business Journal

Cary & Surrounding Area: AFFORDABILITY

Home Affordability in Cary & Surrounding Area Hits 26.9% This Particular Week

 Home affordability is listed at 26.9% in Cary & Surrounding Area, according to the latest housing data provided by HouseCanary.

Home prices, mortgage rates and household income are important factors in determining the affordability of a home. The Affordability Index measures median household income relative to the income needed to purchase a median-priced house. This week for Cary & Surrounding Area, the data show a household earning the median income here of $62,794 would need to spend 26.9% of their income to afford a median priced home here, which is currently priced at $270,143. The two-year Affordability Index is forecast to be 31.7%.

This predictive analytics report and e-newsletter is part of a new collaboration between HouseCanary and RISMedia in an effort to bring real estate professionals timely and local housing data in thousands of regional and local markets across the U.S. as well as provide RISMedia’s real estate news, information and business development insights of interest to brokers, agents, service providers and professionals serving the U.S. residential real estate industry.

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