QUESTION: Why has a large swath of forested land along Tucker Street been recently cleared of its trees?
ANSWER: Much of the development activity along Burlington’s Tucker Street has occurred south of the interstate, where an industrial corridor has grown up en route to the grounds of the Burlington-Alamance Airport.
But a recent change in the landscape north of Chapel Hill Road has revealed that things aren’t entirely dead at the other end of this thoroughfare.
Over the past few weeks, heavy equipment has made quick work of the woods on a 25.66-acre tract next to the Tucker Street Apartments across from Tucker Street’s intersection with Rainbow Avenue. This transformation has followed a change in the property’s ownership and is apparently the prelude to the construction of a new apartment complex on the long-vacant parcel.
According to county tax records, the tract across from Rainbow Avenue was purchased on September 17 for $750,000 by a limited liability corporation dubbed “Legacy at the Park of Burlington.” This same firm has also submitted a site plan to Burlington’s planning department for a project known, at this stage, as the “Center Avenue Apartments.”
The site plan, which was filed with the planning department on August 23, calls for the construction of “a 240-unit apartment complex with a club house and a pool.” This plan has since gone to a staff-level technical review committee, which has apparently completed the first round of its assessment of the apartments.
According to an online repository of the city’s planning and inspections records, the site plan has been “return[ed] to [the] applicant” with the committee’s comments – which presumably call for revisions that the development must make before the committee resumes its review of the project.
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