Northwinds Sold, Renamed

The property formerly known as Northwinds was sold and the new owner is planning on making upgrades. From Multi-Housing News:

Arcan Capital has acquired Village 1373, a 332-unit, garden-style community in Greensboro, N.C., for $21.3 million from Southwood Realty, per Yardi Matrix information. Hunt Real Estate Capital has originated a $21 million, three-year acquisition and renovation loan for the buyer, according to Guilford county recorded documents.

Located at 1373 Lees Chapel Road, the property formally known as Northwinds is less than 6 miles from downtown Greensboro. The community offers one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in 17 three-story buildings. Amenities include two pools, a fitness center, a tennis court and a playground. The asset had an 89.5 percent occupancy rate as of January.

rcan intends to use the Hunt-originated financing to upgrade the interiors, exteriors and common areas. “While the former owner maintained the property, it has not undergone any renovations or improvements for the past 11 years,said RJ Guttroff, managing director at Hunt, in prepared remarks. “Upon acquisition, the new owners will rebrand the property and implement a capital improvement plan exceeding $4 million to upgrade and reposition the property.”

Zumper: Triad Rents Among the Nation’s Lowest

According to a report released by Zumper, rents in Greensboro and Winston-Salem were among the lowest in the 100 markets they surveyed. From an article in the Triad Business Journal:

Of 100 U.S. cities surveyed, Greensboro was No. 88 with average monthly rent of $720 for one-bedroom unit ($820 for two bedrooms). The prices reflected a 5.9 percent yearly increase for one bedroom and a 3.8 percent jump for two bedrooms.

Winston-Salem, which was No. 78 on the list at $780 ($840 for two bedrooms), has experienced a larger spike in rent prices, with increases of 9.9 percent and 10.5 percent, respectively…

Charlotte ($1,160 and $1,310) ranked No. 33; Durham ($1,110 and $1,270) was No. 43; and Raleigh ($1,000 and $1,150) was No. 48.

Keystone Wins Approval for Horse Pen Creek Apartment Development

With an 8-1 vote the Greensboro City Council approved rezoning for a proposed 380-unit apartment community off of Horse Pen Creek Road. The Greensboro News & Record has the story:

The council voted 8-1 in favor of rezoning 21.4 acres for the apartment project that developer Keystone Homes says will cost about $50 million and include up to 380 units. ..

City staff members and Keystone consultants told the council they believe a widened Horse Pen Creek Road can handle additional traffic from the project and required safeguards should protect the environment adequately…


Wallace said the apartment complex would attract “active adult” residents and young professionals drawn by its amenities, nearby commercial district and ready access to nearby highways and the Piedmont Triad International Airport.


Amenities would include a fully equipped chef’s kitchen, a variety of fitness facilities, a children’s game room, a pet spa and one- and two-car garages, he said.

New York Group Purchases Bridford West in Greensboro

In December a group out of Uniondale, New York purchased Bridford West Apartments in Greensboro. From the Triad Business Journal:

A realty group based on Long Island has purchased a gated apartment community in the Triad for $36 million, according to Guilford County public records…

Built in three phases beginning in 2012, the 264-unit upscale community sits on 20 acres at 600 Eagle Road in southwest Greensboro, just off Bridford Parkway. The complex has 11 apartment buildings and a clubhouse. Amenities include a fitness center, saltwater pool, dog park, car wash and grilling stations.

That purchase price puts the transaction at $136,364 per door and continues a trend of apartment communities being purchased by non-local companies. The seller bought Bridford West in 2015 for $33.2 million.

Texas Company Buys Greensboro Apartment Community

Continuing a recent trend of companies based outside of the Piedmont Triad purchasing local apartment communities, a Texas company has purchased a 336-unit Greensboro property. From the Triad Business Journal:

A Texas real estate company has purchased a large Triad apartment complex for $16.3 million, with plans to make more than $3 million in renovations over the next two years.

Artesia Real Estate of Austin, Texas, bought Mallard Lake Apartments in Greensboro. The seller was an LLC managed by Robert Canham, president of Sunchase American of Greensboro, which also manages the community.

Artesia principal Colin Brothers told Triad Business Journal that 3 Points Property of Raleigh will take over management of the 336-unit development at 2905 Cottage Place, just northeast of Greensboro Science Center off Lawndale Drive, in mid-December. The apartments are only a few minutes from various retailers on the Battleground Avenue corridor…

Brothers told TBJ that renovations would begin soon, starting with exterior improvements. Interiors will be upgraded units become available. Brothers said plans are still under development. He said various subcontractors would be hired. The community has two pools and a clubhouse.

Printworks Mill Project in Greensboro Ready to Go

The financing is in place and work is ready to begin on the Printworks Mill project in Greensboro. From the Triad Business Journal:

The Alexander Co., developer of the Printworks Mill commercial and residential project across Yanceyville Street from Revolution Mill in Greensboro, will hold an official groundbreaking on the site Wednesday morning with stakeholders, local politicians and government officials on hand…

…Alexander has settled on 217 apartment units in three buildings, leaving the first floor of a four-story building near the corner of Fairview and Ninth for retail and restaurant space. He said the remaining three floors of that building, plus all seven floors of an adjoining building, will become storage space…

…plans call for the approximately 100,000 square feet of retail and storage space to be complete by June. He said the apartments, which make up the remainder of the approximately 470,000-square-foot project, are scheduled to be finished in August 2020.

Apartment Community Proposed Next to Triad Golf Course

According to a recent filing with the NC Department of Environmental Quality there are plans to build a 238-unit apartment community adjacent to one of the Triad’s premier golf facilities. From the Triad Business Journal:

Koury Corp. is eyeing a 238-unit apartment complex in Grandover, according to a permit application filed with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality…

The proposed complex would consist of five buildings with a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts. The buildings also would have eight garages and 455 parking spaces…

Koury is proposing that the five-building complex go on the western side of the fairway, which would place it between the fairway and Koury’s planned Grandover Village shopping center, divided by the new Grandover Village Road.

NC A&T to Buy Part of Campus Evolution Villages

Facing a shortage of beds for its growing student population, North Carolina A&T University is planning to buy a portion of Campus Evolution Villages. Here are some details from a Greensboro News & Record article about the deal:

Specifically, A&T expects to purchase nine three-story buildings that can house 360 students. The university has leased these apartments for each of the past two years — and was planning to do so again this fall — because of a shortage of campus housing.

A&T officials declined to disclose a purchase price because the deal is still being negotiated and isn’t expected to close until June…

Like several of A&T’s newer residence halls, the apartment buildings will be owned by the N.C. A&T Real Estate Foundation. One of the roles of the foundation, A&T’s nonprofit charitable arm, is to buy and develop property for the university. The new apartments will be leased to students through the university’s housing office.

Helping Victims of East Greensboro’s April Tornado

Recently the Greensboro Housing Coalition reached out to PTAA to see if our members could help find housing for the over 200 (and counting) families whose housing was extensively damaged or destroyed by the tornado that struck the east side of the city on April 15.  We put out  word to our members via email and are happy to report that, as of this writing, 21 separate members have raised their hands to see if they can help.

Photo by Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

Photo by Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

If you are interested in receiving more information on how you might help with tornado housing relief, please email Jon Lowder at jon@piedmonttaa.org. If you would like to make a financial donation to the East Greensboro Tornado Relief Funds being administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro you can do so here.

Two New Mill-to-Apartment Projects in Greensboro

Greensboro will be home to two new mill-to-apartment conversions in the near future. First up is the Printworks complex:

The Alexander Co. will begin work in June on the 470,000-square-foot Printworks complex that once housed a fabric printing operation for Cone Mills called Proximity Print Works, which closed in 1977.

Alexander Co. plans to turn the buildings into:

  • 217 apartments using the historic character of the buildings with exposed brick, high ceilings and expansive windows. The company said 143 of those apartments will be set aside for renters earning less than 60 percent of the city’s median income.
  • 9,000-square-feet of retail space for restaurants and bars.
  • 80,000-square-feet of self-storage.
  • Outdoor and indoor parking, play areas for children and for pets, access ultimately to a proposed greenway that will link Printworks to the Revolution Mill complex to downtown a little over 2 miles away.

Next up is the Mock Judson Voehringer Co. Hosiery Mill:

At the same Feb. 20 meeting when the Greensboro City Council designated Proximity Print Works Mill as a historic site, the council also passed an ordinance designating the Mock Judson Voehringer Co. Hosiery Mill as a Guilford County landmark.

The former textile mill sits on 6.42 acres at 2610 Oakland Ave. west of UNC-Greensboro. It will be developed into about 170 apartments, including several townhouse units, with a fitness center, community room and pool.

 The building’s original masonry structure will be kept. Original windows, covered decades ago by brick, will be uncovered and restored.
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