Sandhill Pediatrics

Architectural rendering of the proposed new Sandhills Pediatrics medical and office building in the Morganton Park North development, courtesy of Koontz Jones Design.

The Southern Pines Town Council will tackle a full agenda on Tuesday, the start of what is shaping up to be a busy year.

Sandhills Pediatrics is expected to present plans for a new 22,600-square-foot medical office building on Brucewood Road, adjacent to The Pavilion. The site is part of the 116-acre Morganton Park North development.

As proposed, the medical building represents the fourth phase of the master plan development which includes the Legends at Morganton Park apartment complex, The Pavilion restaurant and office building, and Southern Pines Elementary school now under construction.

Town leaders will also consider a revised 20-year annexation agreement between Southern Pines and Pinehurst, and a rezoning request for a 14-acre tract at 1645 E. Indiana Ave. to a rural estate designation.

Plans for a proposed new construction project located at the Longleaf Club Cottages development on North Knoll Road will also be formally considered.

The two multi-family condominium buildings, totaling 16 units, are designed to mimic the appearance of the existing buildings in the Longleaf golf community, with brick veneer foundations, white horizontal plank siding and green trim.

During discussion at the agenda meeting last Wednesday, it was evident there is some discrepancy between the community’s developer and the homeowners association over which entity should have the final say in the architectural review.

Gary Carroll, president of the Longleaf HOA, said “in general, we welcome new construction in that area,” but said the community would like to have the opportunity to meet with the builder and have input on the architectural standards.

“The existing building (Building Three) has no character. It is just six apartments up and down. They say condos but they look like apartments,” he said. “And the back of the construction looks very raw.”

Southern Pines Mayor David McNeill acknowledged his concerns but said the concerns were outside the purview of the town’s ordinances.

“From our standpoint, legally, we have to move forward (with the permit request) until we are told otherwise,” McNeill said.

The council meeting begins at 6 p.m Tuesday, one hour earlier than in previous years, at the Douglass Community Center, 1185 W. Pennsylvania Ave.

Contact Laura Douglass at (910) 693-2474 or​

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