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Sunday, May 26, 2024

Church plans second affordable community in Castle Hayne

The Covenant Family Community planned along Blue Clay Road. (New Beginning Christian Church)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A Castle Hayne church is planning the second phase of its residential community in the northern part of the county, this time dedicating the units for families.  

READ MORE: 68-unit senior affordable housing complex to break ground

New Beginning Christian Church is looking to bring 180 multi-family units to the area on  almost 11 acres along Blue Clay Road. It will join the church’s recent construction on a senior affordable housing community, Covenant Senior Community, on 10 acres at 3120 Alex Trask Drive in Castle Hayne. 

Both phases will be overseen by East Carolina Community Development. 

The senior community was funded in part by a $1.5 million loan from New Hanover County. Commissioners approved the 20-year term and 2% interest rate associated in October 2022. The loan will only cover a portion of the nearly $15 million build. 

The church’s pastor Robert Campbell said the family phase, which will be a mix of affordable and workforce housing, is estimated at $35 million, but he has not gathered the financing yet from community partnerships. 

Campbell told Port City Daily on Tuesday both communities were part of the church’s mission to ease the housing crisis in New Hanover County. 

“We just want to provide affordable and workforce housing to the community,” Campbell said, though the exact terms have not been finalized. 

The pastor has reached out to the county to gauge its interest in helping secure affordable housing funding from the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency, but has not received a commitment from the county. 

When it opens in 2024, the senior community will be available to residents at least 55 years old who earn no more than 60% of the average median income. Seventeen units will be available for tenants making 30% median income and 11 will be affordable to those earning 50% AMI. The residents do not have to be members of the church to apply. 

The church will need to secure a conditional zoning to up the density on the project. 

The subject tract in Blue Clay’s 3100 block needs to go from R5 residential, which allows up to 68 homes, to RMF-17, a multi-family district with a conditional district, for the development of up to 180 homes. 

According to the preliminary site plan, the development will be situated between single family homes to its north and south and beside the New Beginning Christian Church. The senior living phase is located to the southwest. 

The site plan shows 16 buildings arranged in a circle near the border of the property, with parking located in the interior. Residents will be able to access the property from Blue Clay Road and from the church property on the other side of the development. 

Campbell said the plan is to transfer the property into an LLC managed by the developer when complete. 

A community meeting has been scheduled for Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. at the New Beginning Christian Church, 3120 Alex Trask Drive to gain nearby residents’ feedback. 

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