WILMINGTON -- Construction has begun for a major new mixed-use development community being built less than a mile from Mayfaire -- another indication of the growth in our area. But some people living near the autumn hall site say they're paying a high price. What used to be Duck Haven golf course will soon become Autumn Hall, a mixed-use community with homes, stores, restaurants, hotels and parks. Autumn Hall Vice President Raiford Trask said, "Autumn Hall will not only boost the local economy… I think it will be a real vibrant area for shopping." It could also boost home sales. "Nationally the home market is not doing so well but we've actually bucked that trend with our initial sales." Some residents like Melissa Hegarty who live near the development agree and are all for Autumn Hall. She said, "There's going to be a lot of parks, sidewalk shops, real estate, which obviously will make the home values in this area go up." However, other residents disagree. Some residents who live off Cardinal Drive, where a second entrance to Autumn Hall is being built, say the development will bring much more traffic to the small residential community. Trask admits the project will bring more traffic, but says he can't make everyone happy. "I would love to say I can solve all of their problems but that would be disingenuous. There will be an increase in traffic but we're doing our best to make sure that traffic that is routed through Autumn Hall is well managed." The full effect the project will have on local traffic won't be known for at least another seven years when Autumn Hall is expected to be complete. The Department of Transportation will be adding turn lanes onto Eastwood Road to try and ease up on the traffic into Autumn Hall. Construction on that project is expected to begin in the next couple of months.
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