Eastern Wake News

Wendell Town Board OKs rezoning for church’s senior housing project

The Town Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 on Monday, July 25, to approve a rezoning that paves the way for a church to build a senior housing project that includes apartments and a 100-capacity, assisted-living facility.

The Greater North Carolina Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ, at 1609 Wendell Blvd., requested the change from neighborhood center zoning to corridor mixed use on 43.57 acres adjacent to the church with a conditional district to allow multifamily senior housing, including duplexes, townhomes and apartments. The project is adjacent to the Edgemont Landing subdivision, on land to the south of that neighborhood.

In addition to the assisted-living facility, developers are planning about 26 single-family homes, 36 units of duplexes or town homes for seniors, 40 senior apartments and a 100-capacity, assisted-living facility. Plans for the project also call for a commercial area that developers say might include a small hotel, restaurants and light retail.

The project also includes meeting space for the church.

The housing would all be priced at market rates and not subsidized. “They want to make this a nice market-rate development,” town planner Patrick Reidy said.

If the developers decided to change gears and build subsidized housing, they would have to come before the council again to make that change, Reidy said.

Commissioners added a requirement that a privacy fence to be erected along the Edgemont Landing border be stone, brick or composite rather than wood.

“We can do some kind of composite material,” said project manager Steve Janowski of Raleigh-based Rivers & Associates engineering firm. “We had talked about doing a treated wood. ... They don’t have as long a lifespan as you would like if whoever owns that property is not taking care of it. So there are materials that would be competitive. I’m not sure it would be brick, but there are some materials out there that have a very long lifespan.”

The board also added language eliminating any vinyl siding being used for the project.

Commissioners expressed concern about traffic at the entrance to the project from Wendell Boulevard, saying a left-turn lane would be necessary coming from the direction of Knightdale.

The board had voted at its July 11 meeting, when a public hearing was held on the project, to table a decision on the rezoning in order to get more input from neighbors. Commissioner David Myrick was not present for the vote Monday.

Matt Goad: 919-829-4826