Age-restricted housing development to begin sales this week

Published 5:33 pm Monday, March 6, 2023

An age-restricted housing development in Carrollton that broke ground last year will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 9.

Townhouse sales will begin a day later, starting in the mid-$300,000s.

Isle of Wight County supervisors approved rezoning 111 acres for the 340-unit mixed-use South Harbor development in 2020.

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Its developer, East West Communities, has previously developed the Founders Pointe, Benn’s Grant, Eagle Harbor and Gatling Pointe developments in Isle of Wight County.

South Harbor is East West’s first 55-and-up community. According to the company’s website, over 40% of South Harbor will be “preserved in its natural state.” The 80-acre development will span from behind the Bojangles on Carrollton Boulevard, roughly three miles south of the James River Bridge, across what was previously known as the Channel Farm and more recently as the Pitt-Lippe tract, according to past reporting by The Smithfield Times.

As of last year, there were plans in the works to connect a future phase of South Harbor to a 52-home expansion of The Crossings, a mixed-use development at Carrollton and Brewers Neck boulevards being built by developer Jerry Bowman.

The South Harbor ribbon-cutting will be at a model home located adjacent to Carrollton Baptist Church, at 13609 Carrollton Blvd. No. 6, Carrollton.

According to East West’s press release, South Harbor will offer “maintenance-free” townhomes and “maintenance-provided” single-family homes, all with first-floor primary bedrooms. Townhouse sales will begin March 10. The single-family homes will become available for sale in 2024.

South Harbor will include a $4 million complex of amenities, including a clubhouse, heated pool, hot tub, dog park and other amenities.

Access to the development will be via Carrollton Boulevard and the corner of Channell Way and Whippingham Parkway. As of its 2020 approval, a traffic impact analysis by Kimley-Horn Associates projected South Harbor to generate just under 2,930 vehicle trips per day, half of which are expected to travel to and from the Peninsula using Carrollton Boulevard. A fiscal impact study by Ted Figura Consulting projected the project to bring Isle of Wight County $1.1 million in tax revenue by fiscal year 2026-27 and a 10-year total of $7.3 million for 2020 through 2029.

The development will prohibit residents age 19 and under, therefore should have no impact on enrollment in Isle of Wight County Schools.