The Halle Building Group has applied for a conditional use permit to build more than 400 apartment units and 90 plus homes at McCullers Crossing.
The site is at the intersection of Ten Ten and Caddy roads.
The application is currently at the staff level and is expected to be heard within the next couple of planning commission meetings.
Eric Rifkin, a project manager for Halle Building Group, said their project has received a lot of support at the staff, planning and council level. He called the apartments the company’s “bread and butter.”
“There’s frankly not enough apartments and the demand is there,” Rifkin said.
Halle Building Group first came to the town council at a public hearing to request a general use zoning permit to get 99 acres of property rezoned to Multi-Family 1.
There was no site plan with the permit, but the re-zoning change would allow the developer to build up to 600 apartment units on the property.
Some neighboring residents were concerned with the traffic impacts of a potentially large project. The planning commission and council were also concerned with the request because general use rezoning requests aren’t common. Developers most often apply for rezoning requests and have a site plan that follows that request.
Halley Building Group had initially wanted to develop the vacant land for commercial and single-family residential, but those plans never materialized.
Ten Ten Road and U.S. 401 Highway are also considered major thoroughfares.
A site of that size could add 3,900 more daily trips on Ten Ten Road and U.S. 401. Ten Ten Road would have to be widened near the property.
Several residents at a September town council meeting said the roads were already congested. Some said cars can be backed up for miles at 6 a.m.
With the general use rezoning request, there was uncertainty about the potential project. The council wanted to convince the developer to consider a conditional use rezoning request, but the developer said it would be easier to go the general use route. The planning commission eventually passed the plan on to the council who eventually approved the plan because they saw there was enough information.
Now the Halle Building Group has a site plan. They want to build 412 apartment units and 94 single family homes, with the average lot size 7,435 square feet. It eventually wants to build town homes on 19 acres of the land.
“Our timeline is always to go as fast as possible with care,” Rifkin said. “Making sure everything is in order with the goal to push as fast as we can.”
The developer would have to build streets and sidewalks according to town standards, town planners said.