Clayton’s newest apartment community is poised to begin construction early next year. The project will add nearly 300 units to the town’s growing selection of rentals.
Developers of Stallings Mill apartments, previously named The Promenade, say building will begin in the spring at the corner of U.S. 70 Business and Shotwell Road.
During a Clayton Planning Board meeting on Monday, project engineer Loftee Smith said the apartment buildings will go up over over 12 to 18 months.
Counting two other apartment complexes that opened this year – The Arbors and Amelia Station – the Stallings Mill development means Clayton will soon have nearly 700 more units than it did in 2013. Clayton planning director Dave DeYoung said the need is there.
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“The evidence is on the ground,” DeYoung said. “People want to move here, and this is another housing choice. You can have town homes and single-family, but the third leg of that is rental.”
DeYoung said last time he checked, about half of the units at The Arbors were taken. The complex, which opened this summer, is on the new Front Street extension, a road that connects N.C. 42 East to Clayton’s downtown.
Cheri Kleber, property manager at The Arbors, said interest was steady at first, before Amelia Station opened on Amelia Church Road and Cleveland Crossing opened in the nearby Cleveland community.
“We have noticed a decrease in foot traffic,” Kleber said, adding that she’s not sure how an additional 288 units at Stallings Mill will affect business.
The Arbors has 192 units, and Amelia Station has 216. The new apartments add to the existing rental choices at Amelia Village behind McDonald’s and Parkside Village next to Clayton Community Park.
Grace Temple, the Amelia Village property manager, said despite the influx of new apartments, business has been steady.
“It’s been a good summer for us,” Temple said. “We expected that it may have hurt us more than it has.”
Temple said the apartments are home to a mix of residents, including locals and an increasing out-of-state population from states like Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
Kleber also noted a diverse population at The Arbors, where about a quarter of her tenants are retired.
“They want to sell their homes, get rid of it, and live in something that’s comfortable,” Kleber said.
The Planning Board on Monday approved the site plan for Stallings Mill. The complex will have 12 apartment buildings, plus a clubhouse, pool and pool house.
Town leaders approved the initial concept for the community last fall, when the developer, Fayetteville-based Caviness and Cates, called the project The Promenade. It’s now called Stallings Mill, but the plan is roughly the same.
Other amenities will include a playground, an outdoor grilling area and bike racks at each apartment building, according to the site plan. The developer is also building sidewalks throughout the complex.
Drivers will access Stallings Mill from two entrances, one on U.S. 70 Business and the other on Shotwell Road.
The apartments will be located across the highway from the Cleveland Draft House, a new restaurant that will open this fall.
The complex will be just south of a 24-acre tract owned by Elphick Properties. Last fall, a representative for Elphick said the company hoped to attract a major retailer, such as Harris Teeter or Lowe’s, to the site. However, the company said it would have to change its plans now that the apartments are going in.