The Town Council here has given the final OK to a 412-unit apartment complex off U.S. 401 and Ten Ten Road.
The apartment complex, McCullers Walk Apartments, is just one of three phases to the overall project, which will be located on 99 acres of land next to McCullers Crossing Shopping Center.
The apartment complex will be on 44 acres of the property. The complex will have a range of amenities from greenway trails to clubhouses with gyms, indoor and outdoor pools, dog parks, playgrounds, tennis courts and volleyball courts.
Of the 412 apartment units, 206 will be one-bedroom apartments, 107 will be two-bedroom apartments, and 36 will be three-bedroom apartments.
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Eric Rifkin, a project manager for the Halle Company, said the apartments will be between 675 square feet and 1,450 square feet.
Rent prices are preliminary, but are expected to be between $850 and $1,550, Rifkin said.
Sidewalks will be required for the development. Improvements will be made to U.S. 401 and Ten Ten Road. A median on U.S. 401 will be modified to allow for a left turn into the shopping center.
A site of that size could add 3,900 more daily trips on Ten Ten Road and U.S. 401.
N.C. DOT is currently looking at improvements along U.S. 401 from the intersection of Ten Ten Road and U.S. 401 South to where N.C. 540 will intersect.
Traffic still a worry
One nearby resident voiced his concerns.
Mike Tylka said he was concerned about the added traffic to an intersection that is already congested during peak hours.
He said that, like most of his neighbors, he and his wife take U.S. 401 to downtown Raleigh and RTP on their commutes to work.
“Most of the time the two-and-a-half mile trek from my house to that intersection of 401 and Ten Ten would take about five minutes, maybe seven minutes because of the development and the changes and the growth in that area,” Tylka said. “The morning commute for the two and a half miles is anywhere between 15 minutes and 30 minutes. And as you can imagine, a commute for me to RTP from that location, spending 30 minutes to go two and a half miles out of my neighborhood is frustrating.”
Tylka said its normal to see a line of traffic from that intersection to Old Stage Road.
“We’ve got a real traffic problem in that area and adding this without some sort of artery to relieve the pressure is going to cause a problem,” he said.
The current level of service at that intersection is an “F,” Planning Director Brad Bass said at the meeting.
He said the development will create further delays.
“I’m wondering how DOT can justify a level of service F and not make improvements when more development is going in,” council member Kathy Behringer said.
The Halle Company also wants to build 94 single-family homes next to the apartments in phase 2, and a number of townhomes on 19 acres of land next to that in phase 3.
Halle Building Group had initially wanted to develop the vacant land for commercial and single-family residential, but those plans never materialized because of the recession.
The single-family homes are currently being reviewed at staff level, while the townhomes are under design. The average lot size for the homes are expected to be 7,435 square feet.