A newly installed sewer line that connects the future Aberdeen Elementary school currently under construction on N.C. 5 to the town’s public utilities is not yet in use by students, but business interest is lining up.
“We are getting regular inquiries for development already,” Town Manager Paul Sabiston told town leaders during Monday’s work session. “One application has been through zoning and another one is coming up for Planning Board review this month. This area is active and becoming more of a target for development.”
In April 2018, the Aberdeen Town Board approved a cost-share agreement to split the $902,000 expense to install a sewer line to serve the new school site.
Aberdeen agreed to pick up the tab for 42 percent of project costs. The original estimate was projected at $377,00, but the final figure is closer to $367,000. Moore County Schools funded the lion’s share of the sewer line expense, paying 50 percent of costs estimated at $450,000; and BVM Properties, the landowner of the surrounding tract picked up the remaining 8 percent, estimated last year at $75,000.
The school system purchased the 22-acre tract, part of a 280-acre area considered ripe for residential development, several years ago.
Town leaders first began exploring options to split the cost to install a gravity feed sewer line in 2017. The school system’s only other option for the N.C. 5 site would have been to construct a pump station and extension that would cost of $450,000 — in essence, the same cost burden -- but service would have been restricted to the school and maintenance costs would have run higher.
Instead a cost-share agreement was determined to be more advantageous for all three parties, and would allow for organized development in this section of Aberdeen. The new line has the potential to add 1.1 million gallons of utility service to the flow area. Any future development will be required to connect to the new line, eliminating the need for septic systems, something town leaders have discouraged.
The entrance to the new K-5 school is located opposite the intersection with old Pit Link Lane. The former Pit Golf Course land is now owned by Pinehurst Resort and could potentially be developed with 200 homes.
Other nearby development projects already approved include a 111-home subdivision approved near the corner of N.C. 5 and Linden Road. And, in June, the Aberdeen Town Board approved a planned unit development (PUD) rezoning request submitted for Blake Village, that could see up to 120,00 square feet of office and retail space, and a mix of 370 residential units in this mixed-use development project.
Ripe for Development
No town in Moore County has seen growth like Aberdeen. Its population has doubled since 2000, when it had just under 3,600 residents.
The town has been trying in the last few years to play catch-up in order to meet growing demand for services, and work is nearly complete on stricter rewrite of its development ordinances. The update is expected to be reviewed by town leaders in November.
However, not every project has passed muster in the past few years.
Aberdeen leaders flatly rejected a proposed 240-unit apartment complex proposed for the 20-acre business park at Turning Leaf Way. In addition, an “upzoning” request for a subdivision on the same tract was rejected, along with another more intense residential development use proposed for an 8-acre tract off Shepherd’s Trail near the former Gulistan plant.
In other discussion during Monday’s work session, the Aberdeen Town Board:
Approved a sewer utility rate of $7.37 per 1,000 gallons for a new connection near the Hoke County line that will serve a military facility known as ATF, near Camp Mackall. The new line will be installed by the Army Corps of Engineers, and will carry an additional $54,000 fee paid towards the town’s development account for future sewer improvements.
Scheduled public hearings related to a redevelopment proposal for the former McBrayer Leith auto dealership property near the corner of U.S. 1 and U.S. 15-501. D & N Development have submitted plans for a mixed-use shopping center with five buildings spread across the 7.93 acre site. The developer has not yet named any potential tenants, but the proposed space includes retail, restaurant and gym/fitness facilities. The shopping center would have three points of entry with primary access on U.S. 15-501 and secondary entrances on an extension of Atrium Street and Johnson Street.
Unanimously appointed Lakisha Womack to serve as an alternate on the town’s Planning Board.
Heard from Parks Director Adam Crocker that summer and fall recreational programs are seeing greater participation numbers. Nearly every program and recreational sport have increased enrollment year-over-year, including the town’s popular summer camps.
Upcoming special events include Movies by the Lake on Sept. 20 & Oct. 18; the Malcolm Blue Festival on Sept. 28; the Aberdeen Sardine Festival on Oct. 11; the street festival Fall for Aberdeen on Oct. 12; and Fall-O-Ween on Oct. 26.