Plans for a new apartment complex is welcome news to officials and civic leaders and now it appears it’s going to be twice as nice.
Ground was broken in late November on The Enclave at Bailes Ridge, a 246-unit apartment complex off Hwy. 160 East near Hwy. 521. The project fills a void in the Panhandle, advocates say, and another is in the works.
“There’s actually another complex in the planning stages,” said Brian Carnes, one of the Panhandle’s two representatives on the Lancaster County Council. “Another apartment community is on the books and planned and it just depends on when they get started.”
In the meantime, The Enclave will be the first new apartment development in recent memory and the only rental community. There are no other apartments in Indian land.
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“There were some apartments here many years ago, but they’re no longer in existence,” he said.
The Enclave is a welcome addition for a few reasons, Carnes said.
“I think it is a good thing because it gives us a housing option that’s not available. I know when I served on the school board from 1998 to 2006, an issue we had then was trying to recruit teachers and having a place for them to stay. They would stay in Fort Mill or Pineville or Charlotte. There’s a lot of situations like that where someone wants to live in a nice place without the expense of a house,” Carnes said, “and most teachers can’t afford a house when they’re first starting out.”
Pat Eudy, president of the Indian Land Action Council, a civic organization, has the same thought. Only now, instead of teaching jobs, the Panhandle is seeing an increase in manufacturing and retail positions. Earlier this month a Chinese textile manufacturer announced it would be opening a plant that would eventually employ 500 people.
“If were getting all these jobs we need apartments,” Eudy said. “We don’t have anything that’s comparable to that and these are going to be a good thing for us.”
Another advantage Carnes cited is the tax revenue generated by apartment communities.
“Those apartments are commercial property,” he said. “It’s dramatically different (than residential). They have 246 units (in The Enclave) and that’s somewhere in the $450,5000 range every year in tax revenue. That’s significant.”
Carnes also said it’s a reasonable expectation that many of the of the smaller units will be rented by people without children, which means less stress on the school system than the average single-family home development.
The Enclave at Bailes Ridge is being marketed as a luxury apartment community. The $31.4 million, 21-acre complex will include 15 two- and three-story, walk-up, garden style apartment buildings and feature nine floor plans ranging in size from 695 to 1,353 square feet.
Rents will start at approximately $800 for a one-bedroom apartment. The community will include 118 garages. It will be pet-friendly community will feature a resident clubhouse, cyber café with Wi-Fi, a media/gaming room, fitness center, swimming pool, two grilling stations, car care center and a recycling center.
It is expected to open this spring.