January 2023 Wendell Falls Construction Updates

The tunnel path is actually happening!

Elsewhere, I still hope we can get other bike / ped improvements to enhance the safety for all in the neighborhood. https://philveasley.com/2022/01/26/wendell-falls-bike-lanes-and-street-calming/.

Treelight Square Dining District

Don Beto’s, Falls Local, and Parkside are busy working on their interior build outs. Things are looking great- swing on by and take a look. Unfortunately, the glare is too much on the windows to get pictures.

The Smiling Turtle Dentist is now open and we’ve had several new tenants announced as of late. The latest site plan courtesy of CBRE follows.


Construction still hasn’t started on the Treelight Office Building. Office in general is still struggling coming out of COVID. Given the great success leasing the Dining District, we may end up seeing more retail / restaurant instead.

As for the Treelight Square outparcels, all are either Under Contract or Letter of Intent except for Parcel 10. Parcel 18 will be 55+ age targeted apartments. Parcel 19 will be McDonald’s. Parcel 20 will be Fifth Third Bank. Outside of that, nothing has been rumored or confirmed for parcels 27, 28, and 11.

AFC Urgent Care and Dental Care of Wendell Falls


Starbucks building and Bojangles

The Starbucks building exterior is complete and turned over to the tenants (Starbucks, Jersey Mike’s, Wing Stop) to complete the insides.

Bojangles is working on their exterior brick finishes and inside has been framed and is starting dry-wall and other installations.

The Collective

Wendell Valley Blvd has fully opened and lot survey lines have been established. This new road will eventually provide seamless and direct access to Rolesville Road and enhance connectivity between Wendell Falls and the Wake Tech / Wendell Commerce area. As of now, there’s no timeline available for the two sides to actually connect due to no funding for the railroad crossing.

JLL had put out new marketing material that paints a picture of what may be to come for the Collective Lifestyle District! Plans could include another grocery store, pharmacy, movies, hotel, apartments, retail, restaurants and office. Be sure to check out the fly-through video on Youtube. Shortly after the listing went live though, it seemingly disappeared. When I reached out to the developer they were unaware of any sales of the property so it may be under contract / LOI.


There’s also some plots of land that are not affiliated with Wendell Falls for sale adjacent to the Collective but are priced way above market value and have seen no movement since being listed.


Adjacent to the Lifestyle District will be Wake Med. Work has advanced and the vertical build has began.

Behind there will be the Collective Office District where grading was complete and is now being used as a construction staging area.

Parts of Phase 10 have opened and the first homes had their footers dug this week. Phase 11 has started clearing. These phases will include roughly 500 residential lots as well as a new pool. It’s important to note that there will be no connection between Phase 9 and 10/11 so travel on Wendell Falls Pkwy will be necessary. It is roughly 2 miles from the Farmhouse. My hope is that a trail along the sewer easement is at least constructed.

Even further out, toward and even past Knightdale-Eagle Rock Rd, will be another two future Residential phases and even perhaps some industrial on the NW side of Knightdale-Eagle Rock.

Neuse River Vet and Martin Pond Apartments / Outparcels

Neuse River Vet is nearing completion.

This phase of Apartments and Townhomes is installing utilities and pouring foundations. We’ll see vertical construction any day now.

The other three outparcels have been graded and are available for purchase / lease.

Residential Phases
Work continues on tons of homes in Phases 9B, 9C, and 12. There are many homes available for quick move ins.

Richardson Farms

While not officially Wendell Falls, a major development opposite of the vet will be entering public hearing soon. I urge everyone in the area to voice their support to the Town Board on February 13th. This project will add to the commercial and retail offerings of the area as well as adding another dense mixed-use node that will help lead the area in the right direction. Plans can be found here.


As always be sure to check out https://philveasley.com/wendell/wendellfalls/ for an up to date view of confirmed and rumored tenant locations.

Illustrative graphics courtesy of CBRE / JLL. Drone photography is for recreational purposes only. Views and insights are mine and not representative of my employer or any organization.

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