Wednesday, June 12, 2024

More townhomes proposed near bridge to Pleasure Island, commissioners deny CB road development

Sea Breeze Townhomes proposed for Carolina Beach Road. (Courtesy Stroud Engineering)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A community meeting has been scheduled for another Carolina Beach Road development, bringing more than 50 townhomes to the busy highway. 

The 7.37-acre parcel is located at 7641 and 7647 Carolina Beach Road less than a mile from the Sea Breeze Bridge to Carolina Beach. The vacant land is owned by Cary-based LLC SB Cottages Investment, which is proposing 14 townhomes on the site. 

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The build, dubbed Sea Breeze Townhomes, requires New Hanover County to rezone the R-15, single-family residential, property to a conditional district. This will allow the project to move forward under specific standards set by county commissioners. 

The site plan, designed by Stroud Engineering, shows the property will abut a service road that runs parallel to Carolina Beach Road. The development will be accessed by that service road with an internal street that deposits onto S. Seabreeze Road, neighboring single-family residences already built. 

Both the service and S. Seabreeze roads intersect at the traffic light near Pelican’s Snoballs, where drivers can turn onto Carolina Beach Road or proceed onto River Road. 

In total, there will be 56 townhomes in four-unit clusters. The initial site plan shows almost 20 pine trees will need to be removed from the site; it also incorporates 13 existing pine and oak trees into the design. 

This development is one of many proposed along Carolina Beach Road in the last year; some south end residents have already begun to mount opposition to the incoming multi-family projects.

Last week, homeowners in the Lords Creek, Ocean Lake and Woodlake neighborhoods met to discuss the proposed developments in the county’s growing southern portion.  They argued there was not enough infrastructure to support the 12 projects they targeted, which would bring more than 1,600 homes to the area.

One of the projects they are against, proposed by James Yopp with River Road Construction and Hoosier Daddy, was denied by commissioners Monday night. The proposal was to rezone 42 acres of land on Carolina Beach Road and Shiloh Drive from R-15 to R-5, residential moderate-high density, with a conditional district for 10 single-family residential lots and 327 residential townhomes. 

Neighbors to the proposed townhomes in the 7600 block will have their chance to voice their thoughts at a community meeting scheduled for May 11. It will take place at Veterans Park shelter 1 at 5:30 p.m.

Reach journalist Brenna Flanagan at 

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