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New houses cropping up: Development booming in southern Nash County

Posted on May 3, 2021

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A bulldozer makes a path for lumberjacks to clear trees from property off North Walnut Street Extension for a new subdivision in Spring Hope, just one of several housing projects underway in southern Nash County.

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A bulldozer makes a path for lumberjacks to clear trees from property off North Walnut Street Extension for a new subdivision in Spring Hope, just one of several housing projects underway in southern Nash County. | 252-265-8117

With four new subdivisions in the works in Middlesex and Spring Hope and a $5 million proposal to fix Bailey’s sewer system in the pipeline, southern Nash County is set to see a housing boom.

More than 400 new homes are either breaking ground or in the planning stages in Middlesex and Spring Hope. Bailey is left out of new homebuilding due to a state-enforced sewer moratorium.

Few new houses are going up in Bailey, but existing home prices are through the roof, said Bailey Mayor Thomas Richards.

A home on Williams Street built two years ago for $175,000 sold recently for $225,000. Richards said he purchased his house six years ago for $81,000 and now it’s valued at $210,000.

“That’s a good return for a bedroom community on a sewer moratorium,” Richards said. “We have good people living here going for us.”

The town also has two local lawmakers in its corner. House Bill 207, introduced by Rep. Matthew Winslow, R-Franklin, and cosponsored by Rep. James Gailliard, D-Nash, calls for $5 million in nonrecurring fiscal year 2021 funds to help the town fix its sewer system. Both lawmakers represent portions of southern Nash County.

“These funds may be used for design, engineering, and the installation of sewer force and gravity mains and a pump station,” according to the bill, which is assigned to the House Committee on Appropriations.

Richards said the ultimate plan is to be able to send sewage to Wilson, alleviating the capacity issue and enabling state officials to lift the moratorium.

In Middlesex, the town has experienced some infiltration issues this year, but the town board passed a resolution in January to fix the sewer problems no matter the cost.

Ashton Woods developers want to build at 120-house subdivision off of U.S. 264 Alternative just outside of town, said Middlesex Mayor Lu Harvey Lewis.

“We are slow rolling this,” Lewis said. “Taking it one step at a time. It’s a big deal for this end of Nash County.”

The town board is looking at rezoning the property this month and annexation next month.

“Right now, the land is zoned residential and agriculture,” Lewis said. “We are looking at residential single-family.”

This will mean a larger tax base for the town.

“It will also mean more revenue for the fire department,” Lewis said. Fire districts collect 8 cents per $100 of property valuation on tax bills.

“I think they will look for more property when this works out,” Lewis said, adding that he sees Middlesex as the next Zebulon, a small Wake County town that’s bursting at the seams with new houses in every direction.

The other project, the 65-home Beaver Creek subdivision, is well underway. Developers are offering new homes in the low $200,000 price range. The first phase of that project is in the county, with future phases moving into Middlesex’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

Realtor Tammy Eickhoff said she’s proud to be developing an exceptional family-focused neighborhood in Middlesex.

“Just about 20 minutes from the capital by way of major interstate, Beaver Creek is an ideal community for growing families that want to be close to Raleigh but still enjoy affordable living with small-town values,” Eickhoff said.

In Spring Hope, workers are building a road so lumberjacks can clear timber from three tracts of land off North Walnut Street Extension.

“It’s the first step,” said Spring Hope Town Manager Jae Kim.

The 21-acre subdivision will wrap around behind Spring Hope Park and the elementary school on McLean Street.

Stocks Engineering filed the application last August on behalf of developer Tom White.

“The project identified as Walnut Cove proposes 47 lots for single-family dwellings,” Kim said in a staff report to the town board.

The subdivision will create new public streets and extend the town’s public water and sewer service.

The other planned subdivision is on N.C. 581 behind the new Bojangles.

Plans for the subdivision have been drawn showing a proposed 70 homes, but the project is still focused on completion of the shopping center that will house the fried chicken restaurant.

“If they ever fully develop that property, they would like to see the houses,” Kim said of the project developers.

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