64-unit apartment complex on Erwin’s agenda

From staff reports
Posted 5/4/21

A new multi-family apartment complex may be coming to Erwin if commissioners approve a conditional use application at its meeting Thursday night.

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64-unit apartment complex on Erwin’s agenda

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A new multi-family apartment complex may be coming to Erwin if commissioners approve a conditional use application at its meeting Thursday night.

The Erwin Board of Commissioners is set to consider an application for a 64-unit apartment complex off of Maynard Lake Road. The proposed site lies across the street from the Triton Mart in a 6.7-acre wooded lot at the corner of East Jackson Boulevard and Maynard Lake Road. The project is estimated to cost $9,487,051.

Erwin Planning Board members all agreed the proposed development met conditional use guidelines. When considering if the requested use “is essential or desirable to the public convenience or welfare,” all Planning Board members said, “yes,” at their April 19 meeting.

Town staff is also requesting the conditional use permit application be approved.

The proposed plan

The 64 apartments will be located in four two-story buildings with a fifth building on the site for a leasing office, a community center, computer center, laundry facility, mail room and a kitchen, according to the developer’s description of the project. “The proposed community would be accessed from Maynard Lake Road.”

The complex is designed to have 10 one-bedroom/one-bathroom units, 38 two-bedroom/two-bathroom apartments and 16 three-bedroom/two-bathroom units on a 5.7 acre site.

“The community will include eight fully accessible units for the mobility impaired and seven targeted to persons with disabilities. Maynard Lake Apartments will incorporate the expertise of full-time on-site property management and maintenance staff,” developer William Guillet said in an application for Coastal Plains Company.

“The buildings will be constructed of brick on the lower levels with vinyl siding on the upper. There will be balconies and patios with front gables and or dormers. Some other key design features include high-performance energy products and a high-quality indoor air environment. High efficiency Energy Star-rated fixtures, bedroom ceiling fans, compact fluorescent light fixtures, and high SEER-rated HVAC units will be installed to reduce electrical use.”

Plans call for each apartment to include the following amenities: ceiling fans, coat closets, dishwashers, frost-free refrigerators, exterior storage, mini-blinds, patios and/or balconies, self-clean ovens, washer and dryer connections, carpet and vinyl flooring and pre-wired connections for CATV and high-speed internet.

Guillet said the main office building will house a community room with a small kitchen and bathrooms “for tenants to use for birthday parties, classes and family events. There will also be a computer room in the same building that all tenants will have access to during normal business hours.”

Plans for the site also call for a covered picnic area with grills, a gazebo, outdoor sitting areas and a playground.

Developers have not released the proposed rental costs of each apartment.

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