Mebane’s city council approved rezoning for a 48-unit apartment complex off South Eleventh Street, on the Orange County side of the city.
On about 8 acres just north of the townhouse site that was also approved Monday night (and interrupted near the road by an existing group of apartments, on Cedar Court), developer Ezequiel “Zeke” Espitia with his brother Danny, plans to build three two-story apartment buildings, each with eight one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom apartments.
See separate story on townhouses approved Monday night adjacent to the Oakwood subdivision already approved by the city council: https://alamancenews.com/city-council-approves-townhouses-off-south-eleventh-street/
The vote for the rezoning for the apartments was 4-1, with councilman Sean Ewing voting no. In an interview after the meeting, Ewing said he was concerned that the complex has only one entrance/exit. Even though the fire department had signed off with its approval on the complex, Ewing said he was concerned with fire department access and “the single egress.”
The developer agreed to make some enlargements for the volleyball court and dog park which are part of the amenities for the complex. The city’s recreation department had wanted changes to increase the size of both. While they were not increased to the sizes recommended by the department, they were expanded beyond the developer’s original plans, said engineer Tim Smith.
Also included among the amenities are a picnic shelter, children’s playground, bocce ball court, and a play field.
See earlier coverage of planning board consideration of the project: https://alamancenews.com/99-more-apartments-townhouses-recommended-in-mebane/