Friday, May 15, 2015 12:00 PM


The eastern Wake County community will be gathering for an old-fashioned “barn-raising” Saturday to welcome the long-awaited Wendell Falls community – the area’s largest residential development.

The southern-themed festivities will last from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. and will include V.I.P. tours of the clubhouse and 10 model homes.

When complete, the Newland Communities development will include 4,000 single- and multi-family homes ranging from the high $100,000s to the $400,000s. Pre-sales are continuing with some houses available for move-in this month.

Similar to Briar Chapel, its Chapel Hill sister community, Wendell Falls also includes 2 million square feet of retail space, 237 acres of parks and open space and 10 miles of pedestrian trails.

Several years ago, Mercury Development attempted to launch the community, but Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo) foreclosed on the property in 2008.

Newland Communities, which restarted the project in late 2013, estimates the development will take about 10 years to completely finish.

Both the towns of Knightdale and Wendell have spent significant amounts of resources – including a new bypass on U.S. 64 – toward preparing for new residents, which could double Wendell’s current population.

“Wendell Falls will provide a vibrant attraction and strong anchor to support the town’s growth while maintaining the ...

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