The Clayton, N.C., Town Council recently approved the rezoning of a 45.75-acre property along North Carolina Highway 42 that will enable a mixed-use development. The project will include a self-storage facility, 240 apartments, a large retail anchor and other storefronts at 1430 N.C. Highway 42. The self-storage component will be built on 4.49 acres and comprise about 67,600 square feet, according to city documents. Each of the developments will be subject to Major Site Plan approval.
The property is owned by former Gov. James B. Hunt and his brother Robert, according to the source. The densely forested area is near East Clayton Community Park and two subdivisions. It’s also about 1.5 miles from a 64,000-square-foot Flowers Plantation Self Storage facility being developed by Super Storage Self Storage Group at 65 Plantation Drive.
The rezoning faced little opposition during the Dec. 7 council meeting, although some residents lamented the loss of trees and raised concerns about increased noise and traffic, the source reported. The mixed-use project will be built to reflect future standards for the highway, which is expected to widen to four lanes in 2018. The development will have three entrances including an intersection with a traffic light.
Plans for the self-storage facility and The Pines apartment complex have already been submitted and will be reviewed by the planning board on Dec. 28, according to the source. The project calls for 180,000 square feet of commercial space, which will be used for retail. Plans for that portion of the project will be turned in at a later date, according to Garry Walston, a representative of Bass, Nixon & Kennedy, a Raleigh, N.C.-based consulting-engineering firm.
“There’s a great benefit in the additional retail,” Mayor Jody McLeod said during the meeting. “There’s a huge need for commercial development in the town and a demand for more space for small businesses.”