Stockbridge seeks OK for 4 more phases
By Jon Hawley
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
The owner of Stockbridge at Tanglewood is laying the groundwork for new homes and businesses as it seeks the city of Elizabeth City's approval for four more phases of the development off Halstead Boulevard Extended.
SAT-Dev LLC, of Chesapeake, Virginia is proposing to develop 29 acres of commercial lots and a 14-acre multifamily site. That's based on the preliminary plat the company has submitted to city officials. The Elizabeth City Planning Commission approved the plat last week, and city staff plan to present it for City Council's approval next month, City Planner Cheryl Eggar said Tuesday.
The preliminary plat is a detailed map of phases 5-8 of Stockbridge at Tanglewood, including lot layouts and both current and proposed infrastructure. The new phases would be on the south side of Halstead Boulevard Extended and straddle Mount Everest Drive. Most of the new lots would be between one and two acres — good for retailers, Eggar noted — with three, four-acre-plus parcels: one east of the 7-Eleven and two southwest of it.
It's unclear what businesses are being proposed for the site. The discount grocery chain Lidl had been considering a store on the property, but those plans appear dormant or dead, based on the company allowing a site plan to expire last fall.
Eggar said the city's heard nothing further from Lidl, nor have other businesses applied to the Planning Commission about locating at Stockbridge. SAT-Dev is pursuing preliminary plat approval now in part to make the properties more marketable, she said, explaining the plat is required before SAT-Dev can start road work or install utilities.
SAT-Dev's expected site work includes extending Patrick Way, the road behind 7-Eleven, east and west and digging a stormwater detention pond that will be surrounded by a multipurpose trail, lights and benches. The work may also set up a connection between Tanglewood Parkway South and U.S. Highway 17 South, based on a staff report that states a road right-of-way will be set aside.
An official with Hearndon Construction, a subsidiary of SAT-Dev that built Stockbridge, couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.
Stockbridge’s first phase, which includes 118 houses, is complete. In in an interview last July, an official with Hearndon said phase II called for construction of 129 houses, 35 of which had been built and were either occupied or under contract to be sold.
Eggar also noted that development continues north of Stockbridge as well, where a Discount Tire is being built next to the new Aldi grocery store, and plans for a Taco Bell continue as well.
Notably, development also continues on the eastern side of Halstead Boulevard Extended, where site work continues at City Center West to support construction of a multiplex theater and, eventually, other businesses.