Monday, March 4, 2024

200 apartments, townhomes planned for Monkey Junction

A multi-family development from McAdams Homes is planned for 5322 Carolina Beach Road. (Courtesy GSP Consulting)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Another multi-family development could find its place squeezed among the increasingly crowded corridor that is Carolina Beach Road. 

READ MORE: County estimates thousands more trips could be added to Carolina Beach Road per undeveloped land

Applicant Adam Sosne is proposing 165 apartment units and 35 townhomes next to the Grove Park Mobile Park Estates in Monkey Junction. 

The development would sit on almost 13 acres at 5322 Carolina Beach Road, but the two parcels will need to to be rezoned from highway business district B-2 and moderate density residential R-15 to the requested RMF-M district for moderate-density multi-family residential use. The request will go before the New Hanover County planning board next month. 

From McAdams Homes — the developer behind Belle Meade Apartments and Stephene’s Point Apartments — Sosne is looking to construct nine townhomes and five apartment buildings. Each of the latter will stand three stories tall and hold 33 units, a mix of one- and two-bedrooms. 

The complex would also be fitted with a 15,000-square-foot clubhouse, pool and amenity area. 

McAdams’ design accommodates 15.8 units per acre, where the RFM-M district’s maximum density is 17 units per acre. Under the current zoning, only 2.5 units are permitted per acre.

The majority of the property’s future utilization is designated for urban mixed use, a variety of retail, office and residential use at higher density. In the application, Sosne notes the project will satisfy this use due to its proximity to nearby commercial ventures at the intersection of College and Carolina Beach roads. 

Sosne also argues the development will accommodate the county’s need for infill development clustered near other developments to lessen environmental impacts. 

If approved, the application lists the taller buildings planned near surrounding commercial and multi-family properties, while townhomes will be placed near adjacent single-family homes. 

The property will be accessible via a road extending from Carolina Beach Road to the complex. The 379 parking spaces will be located internally while the buildings surround the perimeter. 

According to the application’s traffic generation estimates, the morning peak trips are expected to be 100 cars and 120 in the evening. 

Only two nearby homeowners attended the January community meeting, documents show, and the developers did not receive any concerns about the project.

If approved by the county commissioners, the housing stock will join the growing number of potential residential options in the southern part of New Hanover County. This includes the 127-unit McQuillan Pines, 72-unit Palm Grove Apartments, and 264-unit Willows at Wilmington. 

In May, the county reported there were nearly 30 rezoning and four subdivision applications being fielded. One of the top concerns among nearby property owners, who developers must get feedback from before submitting an application, is traffic and infrastructure. County staff estimated up to 4,000 daily trips to Carolina Beach Road if more than 400 vacant parcels were developed under current zonings. 

The New Hanover County planning board will review the application at its meeting on Aug. 3.

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