In The News: WakeMed Expands to Wendell

By Posted in - Clairemont Client News & Real Estate PR on December 2nd, 2019

Extra! Extra! Clairemont client Wendell Falls — one of the largest master-planned communities in the Triangle — is brimming with news and real estate growth! In addition to breaking ground on a new charter school, the community unveiled its newest commercial partner — WakeMed Healthcare & Hospitals. So once again, we at Clairemont had the privilege of sharing its story of exciting growth far and wide.

In the below article from the Triangle Business Journal, read all about WakeMed’s addition that will continue to transform East Wake County into a destination hub.

Triangle health system plans expansion into ‘vibrant’ community 

A Wake County health care provider plans to expand east of Raleigh following its purchase of 11 acres in the ongoing Wendell Falls development. 

WakeMed has announced its plans to build medical offices and health services facilities “with potential for future expansion” in Wendell. The organization acquired the land this month, paying $3.67 million for the 11 acres off Wendell Valley Boulevard. 

Wendell Falls is a master-planned community led by San Diego, California-based real estate company Newland Communities. The WakeMed property is situated in the phase of development known as The Collective – which will feature a mix of creative and professional office space, retail and hospitality. 

“As a vibrant, growing community, Wendell Falls offers a wonderful opportunity to expand WakeMed’s footprint,” said Debra Laughery, vice president of marketing and communications for WakeMed Health & Hospitals. “We look forward to bringing exceptional care and services to the residents and families of Wendell Falls and the surrounding area.”

Altogether, plans for Wendell Falls call for thousands of homes and millions of square feet of commercials space across thousands of acres in the eastern Wake County town.

“Since opening in 2015, more than 750 families have moved into Wendell Falls, a growth rate that is increasing every month,” said Dan Klausner, vice president of commercial real estate for Newland. “With 3,500 planned homes in Wendell Falls, quality health care will be a critical cornerstone, and we’re excited to partner with WakeMed to offer these services to our community.”

Wendell Falls is owned in a joint venture between Newland and North America Sekisui House, LLC (NASH), the U.S. business unit and a subsidiary of Sekisui House, LTD., Japan’s largest homebuilder.

The community is designed to be a walkable live-work-play area for residents and a retail and entertainment destination for those living in and around the community. 

The Wendell Falls development has seen multiple announcements in recent months.

In August, Cardinal Charter Academy of Cary announced a new location in the development. The school is expected to open by August 2020.

Cardinal will serve kindergarten through eighth grade, and developers hope it will be another incentive for residents to settle in the community east of Knightdale. Dan Klausner, director of development for Wendell Falls, previously said bringing high-quality education into the site was a necessity.

In September, Farmhouse Café opened its Wendell Falls community location to the public. The brainchild of Daniel Whittaker and Patrick Cowden, the co-owners of downtown Raleigh’s Pharmacy Café, began serving mixed dishes, salads and sandwiches in mid-September.

For WakeMed, the expansion into Wendell comes as the region’s health systems continue to compete for access to the Triangle’s growing population.

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