Happy Birthday, Statue of Liberty

Story and lead photo by Hal Goodtree. Historical photos from NPS.

Cary, NC – Today, Friday October 28, 2011 is the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. In addition to lots of commemorative events in New York, the National Park Service has activated a Torch-Cam, sharing views from the top with everyone in the world. Read more

Survey: Your Digital Lifestyle

Story by Hal Goodtree. Photo by Yutako Tsutano.

Cary, NC – I’m probably a propeller head. I read Mashable and use Seesmic and have a Google Plus profile. I have apps on my iPhone and Klout from my Twitter stream. But sometimes it’s just a wee bit over-the-top.

Time for a Digital Reality Check. Help us understand the State of the Digisphere by answering this short survey on Your Digital Lifestyle. All answers kept confidential. We’ll publish the results next week.

Your Digital Lifestyle Survey

If you can’t see the survey here (darn interwebs), you can answer it online at CaryCitizen Digital Lifestyle Survey.

Business: Citizen Websites Debuts

Story by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – Two growing trends in the information space have come together to propel the launch of Citizen Websites here in Cary. Read more

Cary Chamber Ribbon-Cutting Celebrates Woman Power

Story and photo by Leslie Huffman

Cary, NC – The Historic Heater House, at 120 Dry Avenue, was built in 1918 by the Heater family. Years later it was used as a dormitory for students and then owned by several other families. But in the early 2000’s the property was purchased, restored and renovated into an executive suites office building, now named The Historic Heater Center. Read more

Real Estate: Something of a Boom

Cary, NC – Real estate investment in Cary is experiencing something of a boom. Can a surge in home prices be far behind? Read more

Women of Western Wake – Who Are They?

Cary, NC-  This Friday, October 14, our friends at Cary Magazine will honor 5 women for their outstanding service to our community at a luncheon at the Umstead Hotel. I asked Tara Croft of S & A Cherokee (who own Cary Magazine) to tell me about these annual honors. Read more

Jon Kane: A Strategic View of Development

Story and photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – The Heart of Cary meeting on Thursday morning was literally standing room only for a presentation by Jon Kane, the developer of North Hills.

A Who’s Who and Some Fine Baked Goods

Close to 50 downtown business owners, residents and public officials packed the Cary Chamber for the 8 o’clock meeting. It was a who’s who of downtown leadership including Ed Gawf, Ralph and Daphne Ashworth, Scott Ashworth, Sheila and Carroll Ogle, Don and Lisa Frantz, Howard Johnson and Sandy Jordan of the Chamber, Captain Don Hamilton of the Police, property owners Bill Taylor and Curtis Westbrook and many other civic and business leaders.

Tasty baked goods including Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread were supplied by Great Harvest and sponsored by CaryCitizen.

Down to Business

After some HoCA business, Doc Thorne turned the floor over to Jon Kane.

In a nutshell, Mr. Kane started with a small property that held a single drug store and turned it into one of the signature developments in the Triangle – North Hills.

In less than a dozen years, Kane Realty Corporation has expanded the project to over 100 acres of mixed use retail, residential, entertainment and office.

Fill In The Blank

Mr. Kane talked about North Hills, but the audience didn’t have much trouble picturing the parallels to downtown Cary.

The developer began with a simple statement relating to his own project. He asked the audience to complete this sentence:

“If you’re going to Raleigh, you have to go to _________”

What fills in the blank? Kane Realty set out to make North Hills the answer to that question.

Ingredients of a Successful Development

As he clicked through his slides, Jon Kane ticked off a list of ingredients that make a successful redevelopment on a community scale:

  • Areas to just “hang out”
  • Office above retail (makes life efficient)
  • Emphasis on unique, quality design and architecture
  • Lots of things to do , and easy to do them
  • Importance of events – days, nights and weekends
  • Be strategic about how parking fits into the development
At North Hills, you can go to the supermarket, lease an office, hit the gym, get a latte, see a movie, hear a band. You can shop ’til you drop, catch a meal, stay at a hotel, get a spa treatment and, maybe soon, ride your own personal pod transportation from one end of the development to the other.

Optimism for Downtown Cary Redevelopment

Mr. Kane identified a key strength in Cary’s revitalized effort downtown as broadly based community buy-in, from individual business owners to elected officials and landowners.

Fill In The Blank

Jon Kane closed by challenging members of the Heart of Cary Association to fill in their own blank:

“If you’re visiting Cary, you must go to ______________.”

Heart of Cary meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit Heart of Cary Association.

Events: Big Thursday

Story and photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – Just a bref reminder of two big events on Thursday Downtown. Read more

Transportation: Cary Depot Opens Early, Under Budget

Story by Lindsey Chester. Photos by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC- The new Cary Depot has been operating since Labor Day, but the ribbon cutting ceremony was held Monday, October 3 amidst much hoopla. Read more