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Knightdale OKs housing development, industrial projects

Posted on August 2, 2021

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Bobbitt plans to be a good neighbor with a secure perimeter fence to keep out curious neighborhood kids, Neal Conley said.

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Bobbitt plans to be a good neighbor with a secure perimeter fence to keep out curious neighborhood kids, Neal Conley said.

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KNIGHTDALE — The Knightdale Town Council approved a new planned unit and an addition to an existing industrial park during its July 21 meeting.

The council approved Old Milburnie Village 4-0 with Councilor Latatious Morris absent. The 91.5-acre development on Old Milburnie and Old Crews road proposes to have 177 single-family homes and 90 townhouses with about 30 acres of open space.

Townhouses will make up around 34% of the total development and 44 of them will be on roads owned by the homeowners association, according to Development Services Director Jason Brown.

A joint public hearing was held June 17. Five people said they were concerned about transportation issues as well as the possibility of cut-through traffic. The applicant said cut-through trips were unlikely, as they would add around one or two minutes to a trip.

Residents were also concerned about the housing density, and some Lewis Farm residents submitted a petition in opposition, Brown said. However, the Land Use Review Board voted 4-0 to recommend approval.

The council also approved the construction of a 250,000-square-foot warehouse at Hinton Oaks Business Park by a 4-0 vote. It will be added to the existing industrial park as lot eight.

No one commented at the June 17 joint public hearing, and the Land Use Review Board voted 4-0 to recommend approval.

4TH FIRE STATION

Knightdale officials on July 21 selected Bobbitt Design/Build to be the architect for the town’s fourth fire station.

The town realized it needed a fire station along the Hodge Road corridor as far back as 2006, according to Fire Chief Loren Cone. It had gotten as far as construction documents for what was then called station No. 2.

However, those documents were completed in 2008, and Knightdale is a very different town now, Cone said.

The need for a fire station in that area remains. Cone said the department responded to 644 incidents in the area over two years. The department has also seen a steady increase in its total response time in the area.

“An improvement in response time results in better outcomes for people when they have an emergency,” Cone explained.

The station at Hodge Road and Needwill Court will be placed to serve Hinton Oaks Boulevard, part of Knightdale Boulevard, Old Milburnie Road and the majority of Hodge Road north of Interstate 87, Cone said.

The town interviewed three firms June 15-17, and Bobbitt Design/Build stood out to Assistant Manager Dustin Tripp.

“They made me feel the most comfortable when talking about our budget,” Tripp said. “Our budget is $4 million, not $4.1 million.”

Bobbitt Design/Build has already designed more than 40 fire stations in North Carolina, including one as close as Apex, according to Neal Conley, preconstruction manager. He added that several Bobbitt employees live in Knightdale and Station No. 4 would be their fire station.

The Knightdale Town Council authorized Town Manager Bill Summers to enter into a contract with Bobbitt pending review by the town’s lawyer.

The $4 million budget includes design by Bobbitt and construction by Davis Kane, who works with Bobbitt in the design and build process.

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