A developer looking to build 412 apartment units on U.S. 401 in Garner has moved one step closer to achieving that.
The Garner Planning Commission unanimously voted to approve a special use permit for the site plan for the proposed apartment complex. 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 near where Garner meets Fuquay-Varina.
The Halle Company also wants to build 94 single-family homes next to the apartments in phase two, and a number of townhomes on 19 acres of land next to that in phase 3.
But last Monday night, it was all about the apartment complex, something Erick Rifkin, a project manager for Halle Building Group, said is the company’s bread and butter.
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.
“The clubhouse is something that is not seen in this market,” Rifkin said. “It’s something that will draw people.”
Of the 412 apartment units, 206 will be one-bedroom apartments, 107 will be two-bedroom apartments, and 36 will be three-bedroom apartments.
The apartments could range between $800 to $1,500 a month in rent, “maybe a little higher,” 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 shopping center.
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 and 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 impact 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.
But those issues were resolved and the town council eventually approved the rezoning request. The previous zoning allowed for even more traffic than the new zoning.
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 improving Ten Ten Road.
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 7,435 square feet.
There is no timeline for each of those phases, Laura Holloman, a land planner for Spaulding & Norris, said.
“Phase 2 will largely depend on builder interest in getting that started,” she said. “But we’re confident. Garner is wonderful market. There are a lot of quality builders that want to be here.”