TRINITY — A plan that would have brought 398 apartment units to Trinity was altered Monday night, as Scott Wallace, co-founder, co-owner and president of Keystone Homes, pulled a request to rezone property for resort-style apartments.
A separate request was approved by Trinity City Council to rezone adjacent property for a mix of townhomes and single-family homes. No reason was given at the regular March meeting for the removal of the apartments from the agenda, only that Wallace had pulled the request.
“What you’re approving is the two subdivisions, which is 200 townhomes … and one single-family residential subdivision,” City Planner Marc Allred said.
Council members heard a request for a special use permit for resort-style apartment homes on Feb. 11. An ensuing public hearing was held regarding the 24 acres of property proposed for that development by Keystone Homes at Interstate 85, Finch Farm and N.C. Highway 62.
The public hearing was closed, and council members reconvened this week for deliberation.
Wallace said he believes adding upscale housing options will grow the community and result in the placement of other businesses. Others who oppose the project say that those two realities cannot simultaneously exist.
“It seems to be the city of Trinity’s turn now,” Wallace said. “The citizens of Trinity deserve to spend their discretionary income for their dining, their shopping and other services within the city limits of Trinity instead of Thomasville, Archdale, High Point and other nearby cities.”
Proposed as a regional center of sorts, the project is viewed by developers as a potential boon for the city. Keystone is committed to making nearly $2 million in roadway improvements. At the northern property, the organization plans to invest in the creation of five intersections. For the southern property, it would invest in the creation of three intersections.
Several residents had shown their opposition to the proposed project, most pointing to the desire of maintaining a rural way of life. Previously planning for apartment homes to be built in two different phases, Keystone appears to have removed that aspect of the project for now.
“Currently, Keystone is not pursuing the rezoning of the eastern portion [of the property] … for apartments,” Mayor Richard McNabb read from a statement Monday. “Hence, please withdraw this specific request from tonight’s city council agenda. That was requested by Mr. Scott Wallace.”
Many of those opposed to the project live in the Steeplegate community, Trinity’s largest housing development.
Similar projects by Keystone are managed in five other locations nearby, which include Wallburg Landing, Walkertown Landing, Mebane Oaks, Keystone at James Landing in Greensboro and Wendover at Meadowood in Greensboro.
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