JEFFERSON-The town could be getting a little roomier as early plans from an eastern North Carolina housing development agency indicate a new multi-family complex could be on the horizon for Jefferson in 2017.
Town aldermen granted a conditional use permit for the agency Monday night following a presentation by Keith Walker, of East Carolina Community Development, Inc., according to Jefferson Town Manager Cathy Howell. Walker was unavailable for comment Wednesday afternoon.
If the company’s plans come to fruition, the apartment complex will built on a piece of property on Waugh Street behind the Day’s Inn hotel in east Jefferson.
But the complex’s construction is far from a done deal.
“It could possibly be coming to the town, but it depends on the funding,” Howell said as a caveat.
Finance records indicate a pending May 2016 application for funding that will not be finalized until the notification of approval in August.
Although based in the southeastern portion of the state, the proposed Jefferson site appears to be the company’s first attempt to establish a footprint in western North Carolina. The company currently offers apartments in Morehead City, Beaufort, Newport, New Bern and Jacksonville.
As of press-time, ECDI has not filed an application for a building permit, said Ashe County Director of Planning Adam Stumb.
Jefferson aldermen steps down
Jefferson Adlerman Mike Herman tendered his resignation to the town board Monday night.
In a letter addressed to Mayor Bluford Eldreth, Herman said “effective immediately, I find I’m unable to serve as an alderman for the town for my elected term.”
The board has not decided on a course of action in replacing Herman, said Town Manager Kathy Howell.
Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.