CAROLINA BEACH — Developers are close to receiving approval on two conditional zonings necessary to erect more townhomes in Carolina Beach.
Tuesday night, the Carolina Beach Town Council will hold public hearings and consider conditional zoning requests for two multifamily projects. One proposal consists of eight townhome units on Basin Road; the other is made up of nine townhome units on Canal Drive.
Carolina Beach-based developer Laurel Companies LLC is applying for the eight units at 905 Basin Rd., across from Federal Point Yacht Club. The 0.5-acre property, currently a manufactured home park, is also close to a planned multi-use path on St. Joseph Street, which the town recently achieved a grant for.
Laurel Companies has constructed townhomes in Riverlights and duplexes in Kure Beach.
The land in question is currently zoned as part of the marina business district, which is typically used to save the waterfront for maritime purposes, in addition to some residences and non-water-oriented uses. However, multifamily dwellings greater than four units may be permitted through conditional zoning.
The structures would make up roughly 31% of the 21,895-square-foot lot. There would be 24 parking spaces, three per unit. Two cars could park underneath each structure in a carport and another would go in the driveway.
Above the ground floor carport, the first floor would have a rear and front deck, a bedroom and an elevator. The second floor would contain bedrooms, and the third floor would serve as the living and dining room area, the kitchen and feature an open top deck.
The land on Basin Road is currently owned by Bonnie Bird, who bought it in March 2021 for $625,000.
Tank Construction Supplies LLC, an Illinois company, is seeking approval of a multifamily project in the tourist district, land generally utilized for the traveler industry and complementary to central businesses. Similar to the marina district, multifamily dwellings above four units can be allowed when granted conditional zoning.
Nine townhome units are proposed for the vacant land at 406, 408 and 410 Canal Dr., owned by the same family since 2013. Each building would reach three stories, with parking below the units.
The development would cover 40% square feet of the 17,000-square-foot lot and incorporate 27 parking spaces, which is also three per unit.
The planning and zoning commission is recommending unanimous approval of both projects with some conditions, including that each employs stormwater control systems to minimize runoff. Town planning staff have also given their blessing on each project. Meetings with residents were held for both projects in October, and neighbors voiced concern about stormwater in particular.
The council meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers, 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd. The public hearings will be held following the adoption of the consent agenda, staff presentations and the public comment period for unrelated town issues.
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