Borgo is still growing as entrepreneurs open new business, but a condominium complex with nearly 200 living rooms, which will be the largest in the city, could be one of the biggest signs of change.
Hawthorne Residential Acquisitions, LLC has received rezoning approval from city officials to continue pre-construction work for 192 multifamily units on 16.8 acres near US 117 Bypass South. The plot of eight three-storey buildings has an area of about 12 football fields. If built, some amenities will include a clubhouse, swimming pool, and parking garages.
Mayor Olivia Dawson said she would be a great addition to the community of more than 4,000 people.
“Offering a pleasant housing option to so many, it will allow us to accommodate more residents, which will support our local business,” Dawson said. “I hope these communities contribute to more walkable communities and increase some development opportunities while supporting the character of our small town.”
James H. Gantt, city manager, said progress on the apartments will depend on the availability of driveway sanitation.
“We are working on extending a sewer line to accommodate that,” Gantt said. “Therefore, there is still some time before this development can be built. But it is a great opportunity to make sure that we have available housing for those who live and work here.”
During a meeting in May, Borgo’s commissioners also approved a request to build a single, multi-family building containing four two-bedroom apartments located at 404 S. McRae Street on less than half an acre. Gantt said other developers are also showing interest in Burgo.
“There’s growth coming into Borgo, and we’re seeing, like every Pender County, growth spreading out of Wilmington in that direction,” he said.
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Hawthorne Residential Partners, a Greensboro-based company, operates more than 75 properties in cities across eight states. Some apartments and townhouses are located in the Cape Fear area of Oak Island, Leland, Hampstead, and Wilmington.
According to documents provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, regarding the traffic study, the year of construction is listed as 2024.
An official from Hawthorne Residential Partners could not be reached until Tuesday.
Richard Johnson, founder of Burgaw Now, and other city leaders are working on projects to revitalize the community with upcoming attractions like Burgaw Brewing. He believes that one of the challenges is the lack of housing.
“We need every single one of them,” he said, referring to the Hawthorne condo project.
Johnson hopes that the upcoming apartments will be attractive, attractive and affordable at the same time for young people.
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“In my view, the main market is young professionals who cannot find housing in Wilmington because it is too expensive,” Johnson said. “Plus, Wilmington is getting busier and more crowded, so there is some appeal to be able to escape and get out of town and get to somewhere quieter and a neighborhood than Mayberry which I think Borgo is going to be fast.”
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In addition to apartments, Creekside in Burgaw is mentioned as an adequately sized residential community with fewer than 100 homes. He doesn’t want to see massive development, with thousands of homes in one place, but he welcomes growth like other leaders.
“I think you could put 10 sides of the streams five miles away from Burgau and they would all be sold,” Johnson said of the request. “I think there is such pent-up demand in Burgau for (houses, flats, flats), that ‘if you build them, they will come.
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