TRINITY — A project that would bring 398 apartment units, as well as additional townhomes and single-family homes to Trinity, was tabled until March 8 by Trinity City Council last week.
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 will reconvene next month for deliberation. Scott Wallace, co-founder, co-owner and president of Keystone Homes, presented the project to the city government at a special-called meeting last week.
“This is going to be an incredibly special and super-cool place in Trinity,” Wallace said. “As you travel down Finch Farm Road on N.C. Hwy 62, with the extensive landscape, we look forward to the many neighborhood retail [establishments], such as coffee shops, bakeries, neighborhood diners, restaurants, delis and other innovative businesses that will call Trinity home.”
Wallace said he believes adding upscale housing options will grow the community and result in the placement of other businesses, but indicated in his presentation that it would not result in overcrowding at area schools. Others who oppose the project say that those two realities cannot simultaneously exist.
Currently, any children who might live in the apartment homes community on the northern property would attend Trinity Elementary, the new Trinity Middle and Trinity High School. Any children living in the townhomes or single-family homes on the southern property would go to Hopewell Elementary, Wheatmore (currently Archdale-Trinity) Middle and Wheatmore High School.
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.
Rent for the apartments is expected to range in cost from $900 to $1,400 per month. Townhomes are expected to range in cost from mid-$200,000 to high-$300,000. Single-family homes could go for as much as $400,000 or more.
Once built out, the estimated value of the properties is projected to be nearly $200 million, Wallace said. Estimated property tax revenues for the city of Trinity and Randolph County at $6.55 per $1,000 would bring in $1.3 million annually, according to Keystone’s projections.
“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.”
Several residents were on hand to show their opposition to the proposed project, most pointing to the desire of maintaining a rural way of life. With the 198 homes projected to be built in two different phases, or a total of 396 apartment homes, residents stated their fear that traffic would wipe away the quaint, peaceful feel of their community.
Many of those opposed to the project live in the Steeplegate community, Trinity’s largest housing development. Council members asked questions regarding the security of the properties and indicated an additional law enforcement presence could be required by the homes.
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. City council will take up the issue again March 8, when members are scheduled to next discuss the project.
Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.