Raleigh, N.C. — A plan to re-energize one of Raleigh’s oldest bars is sparking concern among some neighbors who say the proposal is simply too much for the area.

Players’ Retreat has been an iconic gathering spot on Hillsborough Street for more than 60 years, and owner Gus Gusler wanted to breathe new life into “The PR.” But his plan has morphed into a redevelopment of the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Oberlin Road to include a seven-story condominium complex, a five-story apartment building, 14 townhouses, a six-story office building and a three-level underground parking garage.

“It was shocking, really, how big it was,” said Donna Bailey, co-chairwoman of the Wade Citizens Advisory Council, which addresses resident concerns in the area just north of where the project will go and which hosted a public meeting Tuesday night to gather input.

“I think the scale of it is a big question mark,” said Bob Geary, co-chairman of the Hillsborough Citizens Advisory Council, which covers the Hillsborough-Oberlin intersection.

The redevelopment project has been in the works for more than a year, but Gusler hasn’t yet submitted rezoning request to Raleigh officials.

Geary said he envisioned four-story buildings on the site, and he has concerns over the congestion the project could cause.

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