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Leland’s delay in Northgate Drive realignment leads to renegotiated Harrington Village agreement

A developer could get Leland to waive certain requirements that outline when a project can be subdivided because the town is late on its promise to deliver infrastructure improvements.

Harrington Village, a new apartment complex with first-floor retail space, has experienced slowed leasing because of Leland's delay in completing the Northgate Drive Realignment project. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
Harrington Village, a new apartment complex with first-floor retail space, has experienced slowed leasing because of Leland’s delay in completing the Northgate Drive Realignment project. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

LELAND — Leland is late on its end of the deal with the developer of Harrington Village.

The delay of the Northgate Drive Realignment project has slowed Harrington Village’s ability to lease new apartments, according to an amended development agreement with Leland.

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According to the amended agreement, Leland should have facilitated the realignment project’s completion by Oct. 25, 2017. The project didn’t actually begin construction until this April, six months after it was supposed to have been completed.

Northgate Drive

A $3 million project five years in the making, the Northgate Drive Realignment project is designed to improve traffic conditions and help provide access to Harrington Village. It also has added sidewalks and cross signs to improve cyclist conditions and pedestrian walkability.

As part of the agreement, Leland agreed to install a dedicated traffic lane to enter the new apartment complex. The proposed amended agreement acknowledge’s Leland’s apparent breach of contract:

“The Town has failed to meet its obligations to complete the Northgate Drive Realignment Project according to this schedule. The failure to complete the Northgate Drive Realignment Project has had an adverse effect on the ability of HVH to lease the residential apartments and commercial space at Harrington Village.”

Because of this breach, Harrington Village has requested Leland to waive a town ordinance. Leland would normally require the developer to wait until all improvements were finalized until they began to subdivide. Harrington Village wishes to subdivide prior to completing improvements, but will provide a corporate guaranty guarantee improvements will be finalized.

Leland will hold a public hearing on the amended agreement Thursday at 6 p.m. at its regular Council meeting.


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