Clayton News-Star

Town developments signify more growth

Gabriel Manor, a 74-bed assisted living facility near Johnston Medical Center expects to open for service in the next month.
Gabriel Manor, a 74-bed assisted living facility near Johnston Medical Center expects to open for service in the next month. AMANDA JAMES

There is more growth on the horizon for the town, and that means more housing options for people of all ages, as well as an expanded hospital and even new restaurants.

According to Clayton Planning Director David DeYoung, there are several upcoming development projects in town, ranging from improving roads, to adding senior living facilities, a resource that has since been lacking. These developments will bring new people to the area, and increase services for residents, said DeYoung.

First, there will be new roads.

Last week, the town received construction funding to carry out the long-awaited Front Street extension. The project has been on the drawing board for the past two years. Construction is expected to begin in the next couple months, said DeYoung.

The construction will extend Front Street where it currently ends near the Post Office and connect it with N.C. 42.

“Fire station number two will be able to get downtown a lot quicker,” said DeYoung.

The new road will also provide a shorter circuit for commuters to downtown Clayton. The project will be around $1 million.

Second, there will be new apartment buildings.

The Arbors apartments are currently under construction on the north side of East Front Street between Old NC 42 East and Center Street in an area called the East Village.

The 192-unit apartment complex will have one-, two-, and three-bedrom apartments. The development will include a swimming pool, picnic area, playground and a dog park.

There are also new apartments to be built on N.C. 42 near the intersection with Amelia Church Road. There will be 216 apartments at that location, near Johnston Medical Center.

The apartments will be part of a new shopping center, called Amelia Station, which will also include a Sheetz gas station.

DeYoung says that the skepticism from homebuyers to buy a house is still leading many people to choose rentals. That has driven some of the demand to build apartments.

The third development to come will be multiple new facilities for seniors.

First, there is an assisted living facility that is near completion near Johnston Medical Center. Gabriel Manor is a 74-bed center. The facility is expected to open in the next month.

The second new senior center is the area’s first nursing home to be built in the same area near Johnston Medical Center. It will be a 100-bed nursing home.

There are also plans for an apartment complex for seniors in the Riverwood Athletic Club subdivision. The Riverwood Place Senior Living Center is a 60-unit apartment complex for seniors 55 and older.

A second apartment complex for seniors, Stallings Station, is planned on Shotwell Road south of U.S. 70.

A development that will improve quality of life for residents of all ages is the expansion of Johnston Medical Center.

The hospital, which currently can not house patients overnight, will have a 50-bed in-patient facility by 2015.

Now, patients who need to be treated overnight are transferred to Smithfield, but the expansion will prevent the extra travel out of town.

All of the new developments mean population growth, and a need for new services, said DeYoung.

One new restaurant scheduled to break ground in the next couple weeks is Char-Grill, the town’s first locale for the famed Raleigh chain.

Char-Grill will be located on U.S. 70 near Bank of America.