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.

Parr’s Clemmons Town Center Apartments Leasing Up

Chris Parr’s Clemmons Town Center Apartments is part of a large multi-use development in Clemmons that was stalled during the recession and is now poised to really take off. From a story in the Winston-Salem Journal:

The development of Village Point, a tract of land between Lewisville-Clemmons and Harper roads, has taken a big leap forward with the opening of Clemmons Town Center Apartments.

Owned and developed by Chris Parr, the multifamily complex features 208 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, with 104 more units planned, making it the largest complex in the village…

Since opening in March, 40 of the apartments in phase one have been rented, Parr said.

“We think we’ll be full by next Christmas, which is quick for a product that is not downtown (Winston-Salem),” he said…

The finished apartments, which range from 800 to 1,300 square feet, have a slightly higher price than other apartments in the area, with two-bedroom units priced at a monthly rent of $959. One bedroom units start at $799…

The apartments feature granite countertops, pendant lighting, stainless steel appliances, an open floor plan, and washer and dry hookups. Other amenities include a clubhouse with fitness room, a 24-person movie theater that can be rented for parties and a swimming pool.


Parr Announces Clemmons Development

PTAA member Chris Parr recently announced a new 312-unit development in Clemmons that will be part of the Village Point multi-use development off of Lewisville-Clemmons Road:

Chris Parr said Friday that grading will begin Monday on a 22-acre parcel of the Village Point site that borders Interstate 40, Lewisville-Clemmons Road and Clemmons Town Center.

Parr bought the property for $2.1 million in February. He plans to build 312 apartments at a total cost of $22.5 million. His goal is having the apartments available for rent within a year.

It would be the fourth developmental piece of the overall Village Point campus that includes Clemmons Medical Center, Morgan Elementary School and the first phase of Clemmons Town Center anchored by Panera Bread and a Capital Bank branch. There also are greenways and a lake on the campus…

Parr said the Clemmons apartments will range from 800 to 1,300 square feet, with monthly rents ranging from $769 to $1,150.