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Development rundown for New Hanover County: 3 projects early in the works

Checking in on projects early along in the New Hanover development pipeline. (Port City Daily/File)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — More development proposals for pockets of the unincorporated county have launched in recent weeks. Community meetings are upcoming for three development proposals in the county, so nearby residents can learn about the projects. Such meetings are a required first step for many rezoning applications. 

In the pipeline, there are two townhome projects in the northern part of the county — one on Blue Clay Road, the other off Middle Sound Loop. Also, a church on N. College Road is laying the groundwork to build a K-12 school. 

New Beginning Christian Church townhome project

Proposed layout of a townhome project on land owned by New Beginning Christian Church. (Port City Daily/Courtesy)

The Blue Clay Road corridor north of Kerr Avenue has seen a cluster of development proposals in recent years on land currently or previously owned by the Trask family. New Beginning Christian Church is behind the latest bid. The church owns about 10 acres of land between its main building and Blue Clay Road and is pursuing a rezoning request to build townhomes. 

The church is a client of Cindee Wolf, a land-use consultant who represented the builders of residential projects previously approved near this one. New Beginning is also developing a senior community along Holland Drive, on another parcel next to the church, according to an information letter sent to adjacent property owners. 

A site layout of the project shows 17 townhome buildings; the information letter says each includes four residential units, the buildings a mix of one- and two-story heights. 

The church purchased the 10 acres from the Trask family in 2013, according to property records. According to Wolf’s letter to property owners, the New Beginning townhomes is the church’s “final stage of their community development project” and will require a conditional zoning approval from New Hanover County. 

There will be an informational meeting on the project at New Beginning Christian Church — 3120 Alex Trask Dr. — on Monday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. 

Darden Road townhomes

Proposed layout for townhomes on Darden Road, off Middle Sound Loop. (Port City Daily/Courtesy New Hanover County)

Owners of two small parcels off Middle Sound Loop Road — collectively 2 acres in size — are looking to build infill townhomes on Darden Road, a few blocks from Ogden Elementary School.

The property owners, represented by Wolf, “are interested in developing an upscale, luxury townhome neighborhood,” according to an information letter sent to adjacent property owners. “Their inspiration is a contemporary farmhouse style that would complement the Middle Sound community.” 

According to property records, one of the parcels was purchased by a limited liability company for $155,000 in February 2021; the one next-door was bought for $226,000 in January 2021 by an individual. 

The project layout shows 15 buildings onsite, with a stormwater management and recreation area. “The units are 2-story, attached-townhomes, of approximately 1,600-1,800 square feet, with a one-car garage, that will be constructed for individual ownership.” 

An informational meeting for nearby residents is planned for 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Holiday Inn Express of Porters Neck. The project would require a conditional rezoning.

Northside Baptist Church

An aerial view of Northside Baptist Church. (Port City Daily/Courtesy New Hanover County)

The Northside Baptist Church is located about a mile north of Gordon Road along N. College Road. The church sent notice to nearby property owners that it intends to apply for a “modification” of their current business zoning. The church’s property consists of about 21 acres at 2501 N. College Road.

According to the info letter, Northside Baptist Church is requesting a change in zoning so it can house a K-12 school at the site. 

There will be a community information meeting on the proposed project hosted at the Northside Baptist Church at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22. 


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