700-home Mebane development gets approval for Phase 1A

At Monday night’s Mebane City Council meeting, the elected board approved a Special Use Permit for one parcel of lane immediately east of 2224 Turner Road. The approximately 0.245 acre tract of land is proposed to be used for a municipal sanitary sewer pump station to service the soon-to-be-constructed Cambridge Park subdivision south of the I-40/I-85 freeway interchange. In addition to the unanimous approval of the elected board of the sewer pump station, Desco Mebane, LLC, the developer of Cambridge Park, also received permission from the City Council Monday night to move forward with Phase 1A of its residential development. The initial phase of Cambridge Park that was approved Monday night allows the construction of 65 lots in total, covering approximately 26.42 acres. Phase 1A of Cambridge Park calls for 1.23 acres of recreation area and open space, along with 4,579 feet of public streets. 

At Monday night’s Mebane City Council meeting, the elected board approved a Special Use Permit for one parcel of lane immediately east of 2224 Turner Road. The approximately 0.245 acre tract of land is proposed to be used for a municipal sanitary sewer pump station to service the soon-to-be-constructed Cambridge Park subdivision south of the I-40/I-85 freeway interchange. 

The approved sewer pump station will lie near the future Abington Road, which will connect Jones Road and Turner Road as the Cambridge Park development comes together. The pump station is to the immediate southeast of Little Haw Creek. 

“This would allow just shy of a quarter acre for a sanitary sewer pump station to provide the sewer services to Cambridge Park subdivision, roughly at the intersection of the future road (connecting) with Turner Road,” City Planning Director Cy Stober explained to the City Council.

The Cambridge Park subdivision is just off Old Hillsborough Road, south of the traditional Mebane city limits, lying between Jones Drive and Turner Road. The proposed residential project is expected to cover approximately 238 acres in total. Desco Mebane, LLC plans on constructing approximately 600 single-family homes and 131 townhomes within Cambridge Park at full buildout, which isn’t anticipated until the late 2020s. 

“It’s a large piece of land,” Stober said of the Cambridge Park development. “It’s right where the (Little Haw) creek overpass is. That’s where the subdivision will be, right to the south of there, with one piece to the north, just off Turner Road.”

Although Cambridge Park as a subdivision was approved back in January, 2018, Stober told the elected officials that the proposed site of the sewer pump station was initially not specifically identified as a Special Purpose Lot, as required by the Mebane Uniform Development Ordinance, but that the site is consistent with the Special Use Permit approved for the Cambridge Park Planned Unit Development project that was required by city leaders. 

Four findings must be satisfied for a Special Use Permit to be granted - that the project will not materially endanger public health or safety, will not substantially injure the value of adjoining or abutting property, will be in harmony in the area in which is it located, and will be in general conformity with the Land Use Plan, or other plans adopted by the City Council. 

In addition to the unanimous approval of the elected board of the sewer pump station, Desco Mebane, LLC, the developer of Cambridge Park, also received permission from the City Council Monday night to move forward with Phase 1A of its residential development. 

The initial phase of Cambridge Park that was approved Monday night allows the construction of 65 lots in total, covering approximately 26.42 acres. Phase 1A of Cambridge Park calls for 1.23 acres of recreation area and open space, along with 4,579 feet of public streets. 

City Council member Patty Philipps inquired about the Amenity Center that the developer has agreed to build at Cambridge Park early on in construction of the subdivision. 

“The Amenity Center - when this was agreed to in January 2018, it seems like that (the construction of the Amenity Center) was in Phase I at that point in time. Now we have a Phase 1A and 1B, and the Amenity Center is going to be in (Phase) 1B. That just seems like a little bit of a discrepancy between what was agreed to in January 2018 and now.” 

“We have received a site plan for the Amenity Center,” Stober said in response to Philipps. “And we are now proceeding with the developer for construction plans. The staff did not feel a financial guarantee was required of the developer at this time. And we are actively reviewing construction plans for the Amenity Center.” 

“I would assume that 1B would be completed before they would move to Phase 2,” fellow City Council member Tim Bradley added. 

“That’s the staff’s understanding,” Stober said in response. 

With the approval of Phase 1A and the onsite pump station, along with the continuing progress made in compiling the necessary water and sewer infrastructure for the large Planned Use Development, Cambridge Park is on track to begin welcoming its first residents sometime in 2020.