Fuquay-Varina neighborhood opposes planned electrical substation

FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (WNCN) – Neighbors in one community are worried about who could be moving into the neighborhood, potentially changing the area dramatically.

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CLICK TO VIEW PHOTOS AND RENDERINGS OF THE AREA AFTER THE SUBSTATION IS BUILT (images from Duke Energy)

Duke Energy is looking to build a new substation in Fuquay-Varina, but people living alongside it are pushing back.

If the project is approved, it would be built along Wade Nash Road at the current site of the South Wake Lacrosse Park next to the Springhill subdivision.

“That was sort of the nail in the coffin,” said Doug Thompson while standing next to a “for sale” sign in his front yard. “Yeah, we’ve actually sold it. We’re closing on June 3.”

Thompson has been attending town commissioners’ meetings in the last few months, urging them to reject the proposal.

“Infrastructure is needed, but there are other opportunities and other places they could probably put this,” he said.

Duke Energy spokesman Jeff Brooks says the project is needed to help accommodate the rapid pace of growth in this part of the region.

“This particular region has seen significant growth over the last few years, double what we’ve seen across the rest of our service area,” said Brooks. “We’re hopeful that we can find a balance that will allow us to move forward with this important project to help address growth and needs in the community while also considering the concerns that have been expressed by local citizens.”

 

Fuquay-Varina commissioners are expected to hear a revised proposal from Duke at their meeting on June 21. If the project is approved, Brooks said construction would begin in 2018 or 2019, with the goal of completing work at the end of 2019. The teams that use the lacrosse field would continue to be able to utilize it until construction begins.

To view renderings of the project, click here. (Link: https://www.duke-energy.com/about-us/electric-transmission-projects/fuquay-varina.asp )

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