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Revised site plan for Elm Street Project to be presented

Hopper Communities submitted a revised site plan for the Locust Elm Street Project this month.

The new plan includes changes requested by the city staff following the March Locust City Council meeting, where the council received comments from the public about the proposed subdivision.

The city staff had two working sessions with the developer on March 21 and April 3.

The revised Elm Street site plan includes many changes.

The original site plan included 52-foot lots, but the new plan includes 60-foot lots.

The original plan included density of 2.3 units per acre for a total of 285 lots, but the revised plan includes a density of 2.17 units per acre for a total of 265 lots. Homes are projected to range in price from $200,000 to $250,000.

The new plan reduced cul-de-sacs from 14 to 10.

The open space proposed remains unchanged at 40 acres, or 33 percent of the entire site. Amenities include at least one playground and pocket or dog park for each side of Elm Street.

The city also requested a road to connect the subdivision to South Beverly Drive to facilitate access to N.C. Highway 24-27.

The subdivision is still planned to connect to Mockingbird Lane, but the road will be barricaded until the project is complete to avoid construction traveling on Mockingbird Lane and other streets.

The city and Hopper Communities recently met with the N.C. Department of Transportation and they are requiring a turning lane along Elm Street.

Hopper Communities is scheduled to present the revised site plan to the City Council at 7 p.m. May 9 during the council’s meeting.

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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