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Mebane council considers rezoning for large residential project on Orange County side of city

Three entrances into 134-acre site: from Oakwood Street, Mattress Factory Road, and Washington Street

Rezoning for a new subdivision on the Orange County side of Mebane is being considered by Mebane’s city council.

A public hearing on the proposal, for 409 homes (134 townhouses and 175 single family houses) on about 134 acres, was held Monday night by the council.  A vote is scheduled for Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m.

The development will have three entrances – from Oakwood Street, Mattress Factory Road, and Washington Street.

Amenities, which the developer promised to include during the first phase of development, include a clubhouse, pool, two turf fields, multi-purpose court, a tot lot, two dog parks, as well as a shared use path around the development.

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The developer is Meritage Homes, which has been active in Wake County, but this will be their first subdivision in Mebane or Orange County.

The rezoning would change industrial and R-20 zoning to: conditional R-8 for the townhouse portion of the development and conditional R-10 for the single-family area.

The subdivision when complete, with 409 proposed homes, would become the third largest in the city’s history – behind only Mill Creek on the north side of the city and Cambridge Park (now under construction on the south side), and not including apartment complexes.

The developer estimated that it will take about five years to build out the complete development.  He also told the council that the company is interested in building another 50 or so townhouses adjacent to the proposed townhouse development, but those homes are not a part of the pending rezoning request.

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