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Belville greenlights 699 apartments between 2 major projects

Nearly 300 apartments were approved for an incoming complex off River Road. (Port City Daily photo/Alexandria Sands Williams)

BELVILLE — Close to 700 apartments could be coming to the Town of Belville between two major multi-family development projects that local officials greenlit this week.

Westport Lofts, an incoming multi-family development with 291 units, was proposed for a vacant 30-acre piece of property off River Road, near the Hawkeswater neighborhood. Plans show 14 buildings and 582 parking spaces, including 64 spots in garages.

Amenities on the site include a dog park, pickleball court, fire pit, and a pool and pavilion. The plans preserve 15 acres for open space.

Alabama-based real estate developer Crest Residential, LLC is behind the project. The Belville Planning Board approved the site plan and major development application following a public hearing Wednesday.

This is the company’s first venture into southeast North Carolina. It also built The Holston, luxury apartments in Asheville.

Wilmington-based Paramounte Engineering, Inc. is partnering on the project. The firm was also tapped to work on another development just minutes away, off Poole Road.

Thursday night, for a different request, Evolve Companies received approval from the Belville Board of Commissioners on a special use permit for the 408-apartment project near ​​Waterford.

The site plan for Evolve at Waterford Village consists of 17 three-story buildings, each holding 24 units, on nearly 25 acres of unused land. The plans also incorporate a gym, pickleball courts, clubhouse and pool with a pavilion and grills, as well as 752 parking spaces. Forty-nine of those spots are in garages.

The developer also built Evolve Surf City Apartments and Evolve at Stones Bay in Sneads Ferry but has yet to make any moves in Brunswick County.

The last time Belville reviewed an application for a multi-family development was around 2018 when an apartment complex was approved along River Road, close to where Westport Loft is now planned. However, the project was never constructed. It was the second time the developer sought some type of approval from the town for the project.

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Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands is a journalist covering New Hanover County and education. Before Port City Daily, she reported for the award-winning State Port Pilot in Southport. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and wrote for several Charlotte publications while there. When not writing, Williams is most likely in the gym, reading or spending time with her Golden Pyrenees. Reach her at or on Twitter @alexsands_

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