Sale of city-owned property could create more than 100 new residential units in Morganton


Morganton City Council members will consider at its Monday evening meeting whether to sell two sets of properties, with potential buyers offering more than 100 residential units on the properties.

The first offer, for three vacant lots along East Union and White streets totaling just over half an acre, is from Norvell Management LLC. The company is seeking to purchase the properties for $115,000 and develop approximately 5,000 square feet of commercial or retail space, up to 40 market-priced residential units and open or green space at the intersection of East Union and White streets.

Norvell already owns property adjacent to city-owned lots.

The next set of properties, six adjacent vacant parcels in the 400 block of East Meeting Street (between White and Church streets) covers approximately 1.7 acres of land, according to city information.

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Concord-based Green Street Properties LLC has offered $425,000 for the properties and plans 70 market-priced housing units that would include apartments and townhouses, the city said.

Also included in the company’s plans is an open space suitable for recreation or a dog park and green spaces adjoining the buildings.

Construction of this property would begin within six months of the closing date.

Council members will decide whether or not to pass a resolution of intent to sell the two properties at Monday evening’s meeting. If passed, the city will advertise the upset deals.

Disrupted offers should increase the price offered and offer the same or similar development terms on the properties.

In other construction news, Western Piedmont Community College will ask the board to approve an alternative landscaping design for the school’s new trades building.

City information indicated that only about 10% of the building was within the overlay of the Burkemont Avenue corridor, so city staff relieved the WPCC of certain architectural and building design requirements. He also said the city is considering the lot, which is approximately 122 acres, as two separate lots to ease landscaping requirements.

Still, the currently approved plan calls for 18 small trees, 155 shrubs of varying sizes and a mulched planting bed, according to city information.

WPCC advised that this landscaping plan would require more staff for maintenance and asked to replace the plan with one that does not include shrubs but rather a variety of tree species to minimize the impact of landscaping on staff, according to city information.

City staff initially told the WPCC that they did not believe the new design would meet the intent of the ordinance and offered to reduce the required plantings by 10%, which is permitted by the ordinance, but the WPCC refused and requested planning and zoning approval from the city. commission for an alternative plan.

The commission voted 7-2 against the alternative design. Council members will hold a public hearing and decide whether to go against the commission’s recommendation and approve the design, or stick with the commission’s recommendation.

Also on the Monday evening program:

  • Allocate law funds to non-profit organizations.
  • Acceptance of two grants for the Bethel Park project.
  • Amendments to the Community Appearance Advisory Board Ordinance.
  • Establish new fire inspection violation fees.
  • Agreements related to the construction of the bridge on West Fleming Drive near the Morganton Heights shopping center.
  • A contract to replace the flooring in the gymnasium at the Mountain View Community Recreation Center.

The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Morganton City Hall Council Chamber.

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Chrissy Murphy is editor and can be reached at [email protected] or 828-432-8941. Follow @cmurphyMNH on Twitter.


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