The Wilson Times
By Brie Handgraaf
January 14, 2021
The Wilson City Council will decide Thursday whether to approve layout changes to the 1158 Place development of houses and townhomes on the west side of town.
“Wilson needs new construction as it is on the upward trend of being a very desirable option for residents in the Greenville and Triangle markets to consider,” said developer Rex B. Vick Jr., who manages RBV 1158. “With mortgage rates at an all-time low and the ‘growing suburban crawl,’ Wilson’s hometown feel with job opportunities makes Wilson an idea place for more residential growth. The Wilson area checks all the boxes, and it is my hometown also.”
The intersection of Airport Boulevard and Raleigh Road Parkway has been a popular spot for development announcements, with the 1158 Place plans revealed in recent years along with the Heritage Corner commercial development and Evolve at Heritage apartments.
The 1158 Place plans are pending council approval after the planning board gave initial approval earlier this month. City staffers said a wetlands delineation as well as a traffic impact study prompted a change to the layout, including no longer planning for the internal road to connect with Raleigh Road Parkway near the existing dealerships. The road will still connect to Airport Boulevard as well as with the apartment complex.
Council members will have their chance to review the changes at the 7 p.m. Thursday meeting.
The proposed changes don’t affect plans to build 133 three- and four-bedroom townhomes, which will be for sale starting around $180,000. There also will be 111 lots for single-family homes ranging from 1,600 to 3,000 square feet farther from the commercial development. Jennifer D. Scott, general counsel for 1158 Place developer Windjam Properties, said the homes will sell for $225,000 to $275,000, with residents beginning to move in next year.
Scott said Windjam Properties is working on three other projects, especially in west Wilson, with almost 400 more residential lots. Visit www.windjamproperties.com to learn more about Windjam projects.
“As the corporate park continues to expand with very attractive companies, Windjam intends to work closely with them to satisfy employee housing needs,” Scott said. “The Wilson Corporate Park is a tremendous asset to Wilson; however, we see that many of the employees working at the park commute due to lack of new and attractive housing options in the immediate market. Windjam seeks to make Wilson the best place to work and live.”
The developers of Evolve at Heritage have a similar mindset with the first phase of nearly 500 high-end apartments set to be complete in the coming months. The one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments start leasing around $1,000 but offer a variety of luxury amenities. Visit www.evolveatheritage.com to learn more or to submit an application.
Meanwhile, recruitment is ongoing for the Heritage Corner shopping center. A new Firestone Complete Auto Care center is under construction now, but company officials didn’t return requests for comment in time for this story.