New apartment complex coming to Rockingham

Nearly $5 million project that serves ‘working poor’ expected to be completed March 2015

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Connelly Construction NC has started work on clearing land for the planned Fountain Pointe Apartment Complex at 192 Clemmer Road in Rockingham.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Connelly Construction NC has started work on clearing land for the planned Fountain Pointe Apartment Complex at 192 Clemmer Road in Rockingham.PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — Work has started on the planned Fountain Pointe Apartment Complex on Clemmer Road in Rockingham.

The project, situated behind Aldi food market at 192 Clemmer Road, includes five apartment buildings for 39 units along with a community center, a playground and picnic shelter, City of Rockingham officials have not yet issued permits for the shelter or playground, though no known obstacles were indicated.

Connelly Construction NC, a subisidary of Lexington, S.C.-based Connelly Builders Inc., owns the project. Coach Construction, another subsidiary, is the leading the on-site work. Ross Decker Architects, of Raleigh, is leader designer on the project.

Bill Chamblin, development coordinator with Connelly Builders, said the land cost $600,000, construction will run about $3.3 million and interest and attorneys’ fees will make that total project cost reach just shy of $5 million. The company owns more than two dozen such complexes in South Carolina and a year ago opened a 72-unit senior complex in Brunswick County.

This Google Maps aerial image shows the top of Aldi food market in the lower right corner along Clemmer Road. To the front is the under-construction Zaxby's restaurant. Behind, where the image indicates trees are, is where Fountain Pointe Apartment Complex will go.

This Google Maps aerial image shows the top of Aldi food market in the lower right corner along Clemmer Road. To the front is the under-construction Zaxby’s restaurant. Behind, where the image indicates trees are, is where Fountain Pointe Apartment Complex will go.

Timothy C. Combs Sr., city building inspector, said the project manager seemed motivated.

“I think they were going to get in (and) get out pretty quick,” Combs said.

Chamblin said construction will take about nine months and work is expected to be completed in March 2015. He said the new community is intended to serve “the working poor.”

“It is not a Section 8 property,” said Chamblin, whose company has been approved for the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency tax credit program. ”

He said the typical tenant will be a single mother, nurse, fast-food manager or schoolteacher who makes between $25,000 and $38,000, depending on family size.

“They’re paying their own rent,” he said.

“Most of these properties are small properties,” Chamblin said. “When you put 1,000 people together on 10 acres, there are problems. Too many people.”

He did note that some tenants could have Section 8 vouchers. Federal law prohibits any type of discrimination based on income levels and tenants with Section 8 vouchers wouldn’t be turned away as long  as they meet the rest of the requirements of all other prospective tenants.

Chamblin said his company’s system is one that “works well.”

“Anytime you’ve got rental property, you have to watch it every month,” he said. “The property is basically self-supporting. Nobody wants to live next door to a thug.”

He said prospective tenants will be subject to checks into criminal history, credit, background and rental backgrounds. Those with criminal records are not eligible to be a tenant, he said.

“We do our absolute best to get the best residents we can find,” Chamblin said. “To say we’re always successful would be an overstatement. Typically, we do very well.”

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