NIMBYism in Clemmons

The Clemmons planning board voted to recommend against a proposed 108-unit apartment community, and their meeting was overflowing with residents opposed to the project. The board cited the developer’s refusal to improve the right-of-way or to add more integrated uses to its plans as the reason for voting against the rezoning, but neighbors cited their own concerns about the nature of the apartments in and of themselves when they spoke against the project. From the Winston-Salem Journal:

Tony Smith, acting on behalf of his family, said he would like to sell the land for the apartments to Mills Construction of Raleigh, which manages about 38 properties, mostly in eastern North Carolina…

The apartments, Smith said, would help meet a need for more affordable housing in Clemmons…

Paul Whitener, representing 300 houses in the Old Meadowbrook Homeowners Association, said his group would not support apartments for that property, saying they are concerned about trespassing and the impact on local schools.

“There are several things we could support,” he said, naming such things as single-family homes, a small-scale retirement community and a small-scale mixed-use development that would combine businesses and residences.

Smith said after the meeting he plans to present information to the council that shows the lack of affordable housing in Clemmons.

“People think this is subsidized housing, and it’s not,” Smith said.

Forsyth County Approves Plans for 66-Unit Community

County commissioners in Forsyth County approved plans for a 66-unit apartment community near the Davidson County line:

Gardner Capital Development plans to build The Reserve at Hickory Commons on a 5.36-acre plot of undeveloped land at 1295 Hartman Plaza Drive, south of Fishel Road.

The plans include four two- and three-story apartment buildings and a clubhouse.

64 Unit Community Proposed in Southern Forsyth County

From the Winston-Salem Journal:

Bradley Housing Developers LLC of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Halcon Development LLC of Richmond, Va., both multifamily housing developers, have 6.2 acres under contract at 5180 Peters Creek Parkway. A house and a car lot are currently on the site.

The companies want to build Rockwood at Oliver’s Crossing. The development would have 64 units in four, two-story buildings. The project would include a 2,725-square-foot clubhouse and an adjacent 6,400-square-foot recreation area.

The estimated monthly rent would range from $535 to $645 for two-bedroom units and between $611 and $750 for three-bedroom units. The square footage of apartments would range from 974 to 1,310 square feet.