Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Wilmington developments to watch: 638 more units are coming to the Port City

Independence Boulevard & S. 17th Street (Port City Daily/Alexandria Sands)

WILMINGTON — The city and county continue to expand at rapid rates and there is no shortage of developers proposing housing developments to accommodate. 

The city has one new housing development and three expansions to ongoing projects in review, in total bringing 630 more housing units to the Port City. The projects are located in some of the city’s busiest and fastest-growing areas — Eastwood Road, The Pointe in midtown — ranging from apartments to townhomes to single-family houses. 

Here are details on the upcoming projects. 

The Townhomes at Allens Lane 

The site plan for The Townhomes at Allens Lane. (Norris & Tunstall).

Multiple parcels tucked away off Eastwood Road and less than a mile from the beach are being proposed for 16 townhome units. 

The site plan, which calls for seven buildings on 1.39 acres, was submitted by property owner and CEO of Intracoastal Realty James Wallace Jr. Local developers Norris & Tunstall Consulting Engineers are also behind the project. They have one other housing development in their portfolio, Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall, along with Wilmington’s Renaissance Park and several UNCW academic buildings. 

Located at the juncture of Allen’s Lane and Wrightsville Avenue, the seven buildings would stand three stories and 39 feet tall at maximum. Five of the buildings would house two units, while the other two would house three; units would span around 1,500 feet. 

The plan has each townhome outfitted with a garage, elevator and covered deck. The downstairs would be reserved for living quarters, while a master and secondary bedroom and bath would be located on the second floor. 

While the property is currently vacant, 16 significant oak trees reside on the property. The site plan states none of the trees will be removed in the development. 

Two parking spaces will also accompany each unit. Drivers will be able to access the property via one entrance off Allen’s Lane. The site plan also indicates the development will not be a major traffic disrupter to neighbors, with eight peak trips during morning peak and 12 during evening peak.

Hawthorne at the Pointe Apartments 

Hawthorne at The Pointe apartments. (Paramounte Engineering).

Developers are preparing to begin Phase II of the Hawthorne at The Pointe developments, one of many neighborhoods within the historic Echo Farms subdivision. 

The site plan proposes four single-family homes and 42 multi-family units situated on a 13.5 acre strip of land in front of the Hawthorne apartments. The units will be placed in front of the single-family homes already lining Appleton Way, directly off Carolina Beach Road. 

Paramounte Engineering, a notable Wilmington company responsible for ILM Business Park and Helm’s Port, is behind the design of this development. The owner of the property is HM Woodlands Phase II.

Residents and visitors will access the property McCarley Boulevard and turn left onto Levon Drive, which separates the homes from the highway.

The plan shows 26 two-bedroom units, spread over six buildings standing 35 feet. The other 16 townhome units will be three-bedrooms in four three-story buildings 45 feet tall.

The four additional houses will follow in the same row as the other homes lining Appleton Way. Each lot is around 20,000 square feet, aside from the fourth — only 13,000 due to its proximity to wetlands behind the property. 

The site plan’s amenities include a grilling pavilion for the multi-family units, a pickleball court and dog park. 

A portion of the property lies within a flood zone. The site plan includes three wet ponds situated between the townhomes and the single-family units to collect excess water. Around 28% of the property is set to be converted to impervious surface.

Barclay West North 

The Hamlet and The Mosby at Barclay West. (Paramounte Engineering).

After gaining rezoning to turn two parcels into residential areas in June, Paramounte Engineering has now submitted its plans for additions to the Barclay West housing projects. 

The land is part of 300 acres zoned in 2013 at the corner of Independence Boulevard and 17th Street for residential and commercial use. Next door is the Hanover Heights neighborhood.

The plans include 30 acres of cottages to be The Hamlet and 20 acres of apartments, referred to as The Mosby. The two projects will be situated between Hanover Heights and 17th Street.

The Hamlet’s plans show 280 units in a mix of cottages and townhomes ranging from one to three bedrooms. The project has a unique layout, clustering homes around green lawns instead of organizing houses along traditional streets. Also located within the layout is a pool and clubhouse. 

According to the site plan, the development is expected to generate 2,152 daily trips between the project’s two round-about entry points. Traffic will enter the property from those two points along Independence Boulevard. 

The Mosby will sit right at the juncture of Independence and 17th. The development has a few adjustments from previous plans. Five buildings, each four stories, will house 290 apartment units, with five garage buildings also provided for resident storage. The units will offer between one and three bedrooms and a clubhouse will also be constructed. 

Previously, future owner Middleburg Communities planned to dedicate 15 units to affordable housing. 

The two sites will be connected by a traffic circle, although Mosby residents will be able to access their homes via one entry point from 17th Street at the property’s north. 

Portions of both properties are located within a flood zone; over half of each property  will be converted to impervious surface with wet ponds on each property to college runoff. 

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