Davis & High House projects starting

Cary, NC – The construction trucks are starting to roll at Davis Drive and High House, so get ready for some changes to occur.

Two projects are slated to begin this month at that intersection – at 2 of the 4 quadrants. Searstone is a project that has several components already started – the roads, lights, and trees have been down for quite some time.  You might also remember that Bradford was the controversial development that launched many citizens into action when it was proposed and finally approved in 2007.

Although these developments were approved 5 years ago, the state of the economy has slowed their timelines, causing both of these communities to now be on a similar build out trajectory. I expect that we will soon see a lot of movement and traffic delays as work begins.


The Searstone Retirement Community is expected to start putting in their infrastructure for their residential buildings beginning this month.  You can see the construction trucks in place, and many of the outlying retail buildings are already open.

Based on the site plan, it looks to be an exciting and beautiful community, with a significant amount of open space, greenways, a lovely water feature and even a conservatory.  I love the idea of a senior community being close to our wonderful parks and catty corner to shopping and retail.


Town staff provided Mayor Weinbrecht, Councilmember Adcock and me an update on the project that has been on hold while the developer has secured funding.

– Building for all of the residential components will occur at the same time, rather than each of the buildings being completed in a phased plan.

– Additional road improvements will be needed; an eastbound right-turn lane at High House and Cary Parkway, an eastbound left-turn lane on High House also at Cary Parkway, additional widening of High House road

– A new traffic light on High House Road, aligned with Magness Drive in Bradford will be required once the warrant analysis is completed.

You can learn more on the Town of Cary Website and see the 99 pages of site plan documents. 🙂

Or, visit Searstone’s webpage for more information




Bradford has also started moving forward in the building process. It’s slated as a “mixed-use development” that was approved to have  commercial (100,000 to 200,000 square feet), Office use (7,500-1000,000 square feet) and between 300-340 residential units (with 20-40 of those being townhomes.)

Notable updates from staff include:
– Bradford increased their residential units by 50 units while reducing the maximum commercial square footage by 50,000 square feet. (Total residential units = 390)

– A cemetery is located on the property, and will be left on site

– First implementation phase will be residential, with about 65,000 square feet of commercial

– The parking decks will not be built UNTIL needed by the developer

– Despite rumors to the contrary, there is NOT a movie theatre in the site plan

– None of the retail is identified in the the plan, and is certainly not in phase 1. It IS possible that this developer can sell off the retail space in the same manner that Searstone did several years ago.

– Depending on the timing of the Bradford and Searstone projects, one of those developers will have to widen an offsite intersection –  Cary Parkway and High House, based on their traffic impact.  Widening that intersection will be significant, given the amount of traffic through that corridor and the fact that any change will cause the clock tower and brick walls to be moved.
– Installation of Magness Road with signaled lights at both ends – lining up with Riggsbee Farm subdivision and Searstone. Signals will only be added as the traffic warrants the need.  (I’m worried about the traffic, since it backs up so quickly there when folks are headed home from work.)

You can check out the site plans on the Town of Cary page.  I also found their commercial webpage, online.

14 Responses to Davis & High House projects starting
  1. Wayne Clark Reply

    Senior center catty corner from retail and shopping … yes. Pedestrian friendly crossings … not so much.

    I would bet most people will get in their cars and drive just to get across the street. High House Road and Davis Drive are friendly only to automobiles with 4 lanes of traffic, sweeping right turn lanes, and aggressive RTP commuter traffic. Cary has a long way to go to be pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

    • Lori Reply

      Wayne – I agree, it can be difficult to cross Davis and High House. I believe we will need to review that intersection again, and soon.

  2. Brent Reply

    How is it that Bradford can just make significant changes (“increased their residential units by 50 units while reducing the maximum commercial square footage by 50,000 square feet”) without going through a new public hearing and approval process?

    • Lori Reply

      Brent – I believe that falls into the “Minor alteration” part of the LDO, and is also part of the Mixed Use Sketch plan that was part of the process in 2007. From what staff shared:

      “The approval was for 100,000 to 200,000 square feet of Commercial and 7,500 to 100,000 square feet of Office Use. In addition, between 300 and 340 residential units were approved consisting of 20 to 40 townhomes and the remainder being multi‐family dwelling units. This MUSP approval is good in perpetuity as long as the associated development plans (e.g., site and/or subdivision plans) are generally consistent with the overall intent of the MUSP. If the applicant were to propose significant changes, then a rezoning following the current MXD zoning process would be required.

      The original development plan for Bradford included footprints for all of the buildings on‐site except the six outparcels and was approved in May of 2008. The approval, handled administratively by staff in accordance with the LDO, included approximately 118,000 square feet of commercial and 7,500 square feet of office floor space. The applicant also chose to take advantage of a provision in the MUSP that allowed them to increase the residential unit count by 50 units in return for reducing the maximum commercial square footage by 50,000 square feet. This resulted in a total unit count of 390, with 20 of those units being townhomes. The maximum amount of square footage was consequently reduced to 150,000 square feet.

      Subsequent to the original approval, the development plan has been revised twice (2008,2012) resulting in the same number of residential dwellings, an increase in office square footage to approximately 58,000 and a decrease in the commercial square footage to approximately 53,000.

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  4. shannon sharma Reply

    What new restaurant is currently being built in the Searstone community?


  5. Jeffrey Hines Reply

    Please advise regarding any and all updated progression regarding both, Searstone and Bradford Communities.

    Thank you!

    • Lori Reply

      Hello – Bradford building is occurring, as you will notice, at the corner of High House and Davis Drive. You can look at the site plans on the Town of Cary website at: Bradford

      Searstone is also in progress – and their site plans are at: Searstone.

      Hope that helps!

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  7. Carolyn Reply

    Who is the builder for the Bradford townhomes? What is the price range?

  8. Joe Restivo Reply

    Hi Lori! Thanks for the additional information. I just wanted to help clarify to your audience that the Rent Range starts at $900 for 1BR, and 3BR’s start at $2,225 (prices subject to change). Complete details can be found here: http://liveatbradford.com/floor-plans/

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