Saturday, February 4, 2023

Plans for luxury 340-unit apartment complex to go before Surf City Planning Board

The development plan for the Evolve Surf City Crossing apartment complex includes 446 units and 14 buildings on 34 acres of land on Alston Boulevard. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Surf City Community Development Dept.)
The development plan for the Evolve Surf City Crossing apartment complex includes 346 units and 14 buildings on 34 acres of land on Alston Boulevard. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Surf City Community Development Dept.)

SURF CITY — A 14-building, 346-unit luxury apartment complex called Evolve Surf City Crossing could soon be coming to Alston Boulevard behind the Harris Teeter in Surf City.

The town’s Community Planning Department staff have recommended the Planning Board to approve the development’s preliminary plan at a meeting this Thursday, 5:30 p.m., at the Surf City Welcome Center (102 N. Shore Drive). If approved, it would then go before the Town Council.

Evolve Companies, a property management company based in Greensboro that specializes in the development of conventional and student housing properties, is seeking approval of the site plan.

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According to the meeting’s agenda, the project includes 559 parking spaces, a clubhouse, a swimming pool, and athletic courts with a design that preserves existing wetlands on the property. The preliminary site plan proposes three stormwater ponds and a Duke Power easement running through the property.

The development plan was produced in March by Wilmington’s Paramounte Engineering, Inc., which surveyed the property and led engineering, land planning, and landscape architectural designs for the project.

“The right of way along Alston Boulevard allows for the proposed future Surf City Greenway to pass through this project unobstructed,” according to the agenda.

It also states the Techincal Review Committee (TRC) found the project to meet all mandatory fire, police, public works, streets, and zoning requirements set forth by the town’s code.

Site plans show the construction of six on-site roads, with Ashton Boulevard bisecting the development.

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