The planned $35 million mixed-use development at 241 Shadowline Drive will be named The Connection at Boone, and construction will start soon, according to the developers of the project.
“The project will serve students of Appalachian State University and is scheduled to deliver in August 2021,” Brian Miller, executive vice president of Front Street Partners, said in a statement.
No land-disturbing activity has begun on the property, as the sale hasn’t finalized and a building permit hasn’t been approved by the town. Miller said on July 18 the sale would occur in “the next few days,” and construction would begin “soon.”
Boone Planning and Inspections said on July 18 that no determination has been made on the building permit submitted June 17 for the proposed development. The proposed building would be 64-71 or 72 feet tall, according to the application. According to Boone’s Unified Development Ordinance, building height in B3 is limited to 44 feet as a primary height, or 67 feet as a secondary height.
The sale is being led by Martin Ing and Chad Davenport, both of Murfreesboro, Tenn. Ing is listed as the property owner on the application and Davenport as the applicant. Ing is leading a recently formed company named Shadowline Student Property and Davenport is of Southern Building Group.
Ing previously confirmed he was in negotiations to purchase the 7.8-acre tract of land, which Watauga County tax records valued at $2.7 million.
According to Watauga County tax records, Shadowline Partners LLC, headed up by Vernon Scarborough, have been the owners of the tract since 2006. Scarborough declined comment when contacted.
According to Boone Planning and Inspections, their office approved the property for B3 – General Business zoning on May 29. The application was submitted on Dec. 21, 2018 by The Southern Group LLC, which was registered in February with offices in Boone and Mufreesboro, Tenn., according to the N.C. Secretary of State’s business search.
The zoning approval was based on 19 factors, including an executed contract with AppalCART dated April 24 for a dedicated stop at the location, transportation impact analysis and other data received in the December-to-April time period.
“While the project will be a short walk from the main campus and the Beaver College of Health Sciences campus, students will have direct access to the AppalCART shuttle system via a dedicated stop,” Miller said.
According to Miller, the planned 275,209-square-foot, five-story structure would include choices of studio, one-, two-, three- or four-bedroom fully-furnished floorplans on the second through fifth floors.
Planned amenities include washer and dryers in each units, each resident having a private bathroom, secured, covered parking for 345 car spaces, 84 bike parking spaces, a 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor terrace, hot tubs, private study rooms, a clubhouse and coffee bar among others.
The architect and engineers listed are both Kitchen and Associates of Collingswood, N.J. A representative said the organization does not comment on building projects without the owner’s permission. Bouton Engineering of Cookeville, Tenn., is listed as a structural engineer.
The 7.8-acre space has sat unused since October 2016, when crews tore down the vacant Shadowline plant that had stood since 1957. The plant previously housed a manufacturer of lingerie and undergarments.
The land has been the site of proposed developments in recent years. In 2013, Florida-based Cornerstone Campus Communities received water allocation and zoning approval for a 190-unit apartment and retail project at the site, which would include 457 bedrooms, a clubhouse and gym and 10,700 square feet of commercial retail space. However, the developer did not provide building plans to Boone’s Planning and Inspections department.