On Shotwell Road in Clayton, orange clay and young trees cover a 13-acre tract – the byproducts of rough grading done years ago for new homes.
But no houses stand on the land between Amelia Church Road and U.S. 70 Business. Instead, as one town planner put it, the tract looks like the surface of Mars in some places.
Now, the developer who first proposed a subdivision there has a new plan it hopes will work.
ASCO Builders Inc. of Raleigh wants to build up to 37 single-family homes on the 13 acres. The company is asking town leaders to rezone the land and approve the proposed subdivision, named Magnolia Pointe.
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Mike Stewart, an engineer working with ASCO, said the project had appeared to “fall between the cracks” of larger construction companies, which typically look for jobs of 50 lots or more. But this go round, Stewart said, the developer has a local builder on board.
“We have a pretty specific plan that has met their criteria,” Stewart said.
A preliminary site plan shows two entrances to the neighborhood, which would be across from the Lions Spring senior-living complex. The plan also includes a half-acre recreation area and about four acres of passive open space.
ASCO has owned the land since September 2003.
Frank Price, chairman of the Clayton Planning Board, said no one is happier than him to see the project come back for approval. “It is a long time coming,” he said.
Town leaders approved a previous version of Magnolia Pointe in April 2003.
The Planning Board has recommended approval of the rezoning for the latest proposal. However, at its April 27 meeting, the board tabled a decision on the subdivision plan.
Town planner Jay McLeod said the board put off a decision because of several unresolved issues with the subdivision plan. Board members had concerns, for instance, about a large drop in elevation from the sidewalk on Shotwell Road to the lots where ASCO would build houses.
The Clayton Town Council will have the final say on the proposal.
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