07/08/10 180 W - + 6 - 4 Wendell Falls, Foreclosue, Planned Fire Stations

This week's Eastern Wake News reports that on the foreclosure of the Wendell Falls development. 'Twas a planned 1,400-acre suburb off US.64/264 between Knightdale and Wendell, and which would have 4,000 new homes. Things came a screeching halt, to use the paper's language, when the financial markets collapsed in October 2008.

Some road work was done, including the pricey Wendell Falls Parkway interchange. But that was because the state compelled the developer and bank to complete the work. No other work in the subdivision was done.

The fate of Wendell Falls also impacts fire service planning. As the project was, well, firing up, the county began longer-term planning for a fire station at Wendell Falls. Around FY15, if memory serves, as the time frame. The projected need for that facility has presumably dropped considerably.

And so it goes in the world of services planning. What's talked about a future service area-- and fire protection needs therein-- doesn't always come to pass. Developers go bust, projects get stalled, and that future fire stations are no longer needed.

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