More apartments possible

ajames@newsobserver.comNovember 1, 2013 

— A developer is looking to build apartments here.

The planning board on Monday backed a zoning change for 22 acres behind the BP station and Bojangle’s at U.S. 70 Business and Shotwell Road.

The developer, Caviness and Cates, hopes to build 288 high-end apartments on the tract. The project is subject to town council approval.

Before the recession, Lowe’s Home Improvement was looking to build on the same land. But that fell through, and the land has remained empty. It is zoned for commercial use; on Monday, the planning board recommended the town council rezone the land for residential use.

The land has been divided into two 22-acre parcels. Caviness and Cates is developing one of the 22-acre parcels and there are no plans as of now for the adjacent property.

Frank Price, chairman of the planning board, said he was worried about potential traffic problems.

“The prospect of additional traffic in that area is a concern,” he said.

Price, a traffic engineer, said the intersection of Shotwell and U.S. 70 Business is “undoubtedly” the worst service intersection in Clayton.

He said apartments there would bring less traffic than a Lowe’s Home Improvement but would still make traffic worse than it is now.

Price said he hopes the developer will add a lane on the Bojangle’s side of Shotwell Road to accomodate the additional traffic the apartments will bring.

“We don’t want to deter them from coming to town,” Price said.

When Lowe’s was planning to come to town, the developer for that project had planned to add a traffic lane.

The proposed apartment complex is called The Promenade. It would be a gated neighborhood with a pool.

Next, the town council will hear the presentation for The Promenade. The developer will submit a site plan once it decides exactly what the complex will look like.

New medical center

Also on Monday, the planning board heard plans for more doctor offices in Spring Branch Medical and Commercial Park next to Johnston Medical Center on N.C. 42 West.

The planning board endorsed the site plan submitted by developer Durwood Stephenson, who hopes to begin construction in November.

The practice would be called Carolina Dermatology and Endocrinology. It would house a husband-wife duo in their separate practices.

Though the couple live in Cary, they chose Clayton for their practice because they have been working in the area and have built a loyal customer base here.

Spring Branch Medical Park, which opened in 2012, currently houses Duke Medicine.

Gabriel Manor, an assisted living center, just opened in the area near the medical center, and more facilities are on the way.

The Britthaven Nursing Home has been approved and will be built in the area. There’s also a two-story medical office building that has been approved and has not been built yet.

The town council will consider the site plan at its meeting on Nov. 4.

James: 919-553-7234

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