Major Commercial Development Updates in Chatham County

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Get the latest news on the Knoll at Briar Chapel apartments, The District and more commercial developments

Residents recently began filling the luxury apartments known as the Knoll at Briar Chapel. Renderings courtesy of Knoll at Briar Chapel

Compiled by Anna-Rhesa Versola

The first residents of Knoll at Briar Chapel luxury apartments moved into their units in January. The residential complex is located on Ballentrae Court overlooking Highway 15-501 and has 200 units in three separate buildings plus a stand-alone clubhouse. Community amenities include an outdoor pool and sun deck, a fitness center and yoga studio, a clubroom and library, a coworking lounge with Wi-Fi, a multipurpose room with a large kitchen, an outdoor dog wash station, bicycle storage, package lockers and more. Studio apartments and one- to three-bedroom layouts range in space from 615 to 1,447 square feet with monthly base rents starting at $1,485 and going all the way up to $3,100.

The apartments are part of Briar Chapel’s second phase of commercial growth called The District, a mixed-use site between Taylor Road and Ballentrae Court. The western property already includes a Food Lion grocery store and a Refuel convenience store and gas station. The eastern section will have a mix of retail and medical offices and a 300-unit active adult living and senior care facility.

A rendering of the clubroom at Knoll at Briar Chapel’s residential complex.

Cookout plans to open its first Chatham-based restaurant in July in Siler City. The location is expected to be on the 1500 block of East 11th Street. The fast-food chain was established in 1989 in Greensboro and has over 250 locations across 10 states.

Refuel opened the aforementioned location in Pittsboro along Highway 15-501 in December. Another station, located along Highway 64 at the Wilsonville Store on Beaver Creek Road, is expected to open in the first quarter of 2023. The Refuel Operating Company acquired Eagles Enterprise assets in 2022, including 13 locations in the Raleigh-Durham area. The company bought other convenience store chains, including Chapel Hill-based Holmes Oil Inc., the parent company of Cruizers convenience stores. Refuel operates more than 200 locations in South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas.

Here’s a roundup of proposals the Chatham County Planning Board heard for upcoming residential and commercial developments. Progress is ongoing and further action may be expected this year.

The Parks at Meadowview is slated to have a mix of 1,241 single-family and townhome residences on 948 acres off of Old Graham Road.

• Flatiron Forest, a 42-acre subdivision off of Hamlets Chapel Road, is planned to have 29 lots built by Windjam Development Group.

• Summit Terrace off of Mount Gilead Church Road will have single-family homes built on 56 acres by Contentnea Creek Development Co.

Gateway Park is an 18-acre residential development at the intersection of Highway 1 and Pea Ridge Road near Moncure.

Pea Ridge Developers, a company that formed in July, are building Firefly Overlook, a 75-acre subdivision at Seaforth Road and North Pea Ridge Road.

The MAD Pea Ridge company asked the planning board to rezone 199.92 acres off of Pea Ridge Road at Highway 1 from residential to light industrial in the Cape Fear township near the Triangle Innovation Point in Moncure. An additional 43.58 acres known as Midpoint Logistics is already zoned for light industry.

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