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Gibsonville prepares for more residential growth; projects abound especially north & west of town

Gibsonville is revving up for a population boom as the town awaits the construction of 1,788 units over the coming years.

The town racked up a population count of 8,920 during last year’s census, a 39.2 percent increase from 6,410 in 2010. The introduction of new developments, which include townhomes, single-family homes, and apartments could mark another nearly 40 percent increase if each resident comes in with a “plus-one” – not counting any children.

A list of upcoming and recently built-out developments provided to The Alamance News by town planning director Brandon Parker shows 1,698 units approved but waiting to be built and 373 completed units. An additional 54 and 36 units, loft-style apartments, are planned for the Minneola Mills complex and the old Gibsonville Elementary School, respectively.

Of the 1,698 units, the majority is tied to the incoming Edinborough development along N. Highway 61, the first phase of which is expected to have 656 units comprised of both townhomes and single-family. An extension of the project, Edinborough West, is expected to have around 200 homes, according to a sketch plan sent by the developer to the planning director.

Even as clearing and grading is underway on the first Edinborough subdivision, plans are being made for Edinborough West, to be located farther up NC 61 North.
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Other upcoming developments include the 219-unit Hackett Apartments project on Burlington Road, 190 units for Poets Walk on S. N.C. Highway 61, and 130 units for Owen Park along Brookfield and Ashley Woods drives, among four others.

Already built out are six developments, which include Joseph’s Claim with 157 units, Savannah Glen with 79, and the Courtyards at Ashley Woods with 51.

Even still, the town’s board of aldermen is continuing to receive new pitches from developers, like a rezoning request for about 40 acres on Springwood Church Road across from the town’s public works department headquarters. That request, Parker told the newspaper, was recently endorsed by the town’s planning board and is slated to go before the aldermen in January, where it’ll be put up for public hearing before being voted on by the board.

Forty acres off Springwood Church Road, across from the town’s Public Works Building, is on the aldermen’s agenda for rezoning to make way for more houses.

Much of the units are springing up to the town’s north and western fringes even though the town is seeing development along the N.C. Highway 61 and U.S. 70 area. Within that southernmost area, the town is faced with a competition of sorts with Burlington as the city continues to extend its jurisdiction along Highway 70. To the east, Gibsonville borders Elon’s jurisdiction, and the two municipalities recently finalized an annexation line of agreement that draws a border northward from a starting point near University Drive.

As far as a timeline for construction, Parker explained that developments typically take about five years to complete, while an especially large subdivision like Edinborough could take between eight and ten years.


MORE GIBSONVILLE COVERAGE:

Town’s land purchases for future facilities moving along (Dec. 30 edition): https://alamancenews.com/town-makes-offers-on-two-properties-negotiates-with-owners-on-third/

Aldermen approve bonuses for all town employees (Dec. 9 edition): https://alamancenews.com/gibsonville-board-approves-bonuses-for-town-staff/

Interview with new alderman Bryant Crisp (Dec. 9 edition): https://alamancenews.com/meet-new-gibsonville-alderman-bryant-crisp/

Interview with new alderman Paul Thompson (Dec. 9 edition): https://alamancenews.com/meet-new-gibsonville-alderman-paul-thompson/

Aldermen look at four possible land purchases; decide to pursue three of them (Dec. 2 edition): https://alamancenews.com/gibsonville-aldermen-look-at-four-land-purchases-decide-to-pursue-three/

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