Development Watch: Mirasol and Pine Forest Plantation
Two very diverse communities, Pine Forest Plantation and Mirasol, are being built in central Brunswick County.
The 25-mile expanse of N.C. Highway 211 from Supply to Southport is bustling with development. That’s not a surprise, considering Brunswick County real estate sales passed the billion-dollar mark in 2017. The year before that the U.S. Census Bureau declared Brunswick County the second fastest growing region in the country.
With vast swaths of former agricultural and forested acreage, it is no wonder a stretch of land in the St. James and Oak Island area is the focus for two new very diverse communities — Pine Forest Plantation and Mirasol.
Pine Forest Plantation
The 2,000-acre Pine Forest Plantation is on the north side of Highway 211, less than a mile east of the Midway Road intersection. Construction is well underway in Phase I, which will include more than 560 acres of single and multifamily residences, a community center with a pool and fitness facilities, a town center, and a medical campus that includes medical offices and an assisted living facility. There will also be a 25-acre community farm, 90 acres of green space and 130 acres of wetland habitat conservation.
“The Farm at Pine Forest will begin with blueberry production in 2018,” says David Davis, director of marketing. “We are planning a fully operational community-supported agricultural farm.”
“Residents will have access to fresh produce at the farmers market and will have the opportunity to plant as well as harvest,” Davis says. The farm will include professionally managed pick-your-own produce fields along with plots for personal gardens.
Novant Health is the first completed project. It opened in October of 2017 and is home to Novant Family Medicine primary care physicians. The campus will also provide offices for specialists, including optometrists, rheumatologists, oncologists, radiologists, cardiologists, dentists, dermatologists and chiropractors.
Infrastructure for the single-family residences and assisted living facility is being installed now.
“Early reservations are welcome, and the finished model home construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2018,” Davis says.
Initial home builders include Centerline Custom Homes, Crane Building LLC and Jack Satterwhite Builder Inc.
The Pine Forest development team is led by Tommy Sofield, a 30-year veteran of real estate development and management. Infrastructure and construction is being managed by Mark Brambell, a local expert with more than 20 years of land development and engineering experience.
“Sofield and his team are dedicated to building a sustainable development in a unique community designed for the active adult and their aging parents,” Davis shares.
The goal of the new development is to provide all the amenities a senior would ever need in one community — including recreational, retail and medical offices as well as an integrated care and a life-long care facility — all within a short distance to the beach. It is a community in which even seasoned adults can plan for the future.
“Our mission is to provide Oak Island with comfortable and affordable living options for seniors, well-appointed homes designed specifically for active adults, rental opportunities for those who wish to down-size without property worries, and access to quality care providers such as the Novant Health Family Medicine Pine Forest clinic,” Davis says.
“We are pleased to be partnering with Affinity Living Group to provide semi-assisted independent living for seniors and easy transitions to assisted living and memory care.’”
Davis has been with Pine Forest Plantation from the inception. “I’m proud to be a part of this project and look forward to the continued growth and build-out of such a project for the residents of Oak Island,” he says. “I very much look forward to seeing the many benefits of local economic opportunity and new jobs Pine Forest will bring to Brunswick County through The Farm, the Town Center and the Medical Campus at Pine Forest.”
For more information about Pine Forest Plantation, call (866) 667-9784 or visit pineforestplantation.com.
A few miles away on Highway 211, the land is cleared, a master stormwater retention pond is in place and site work is underway at Mirasol, a mixed-use retail and residential development. The preliminary site plan includes a total of135 acres with nearly 40 acres dedicated to retail and offices.
Nicholas Silivanch, broker at Eastern Carolina Commercial Real Estate in Wilmington, is marketing the property to be developed in four phases.
Mirasol West is now on the market and is part of Phase I. It includes a little more than 16 acres with 1,500 feet of road frontage for retail space that is ideal for a grocery store, movie theater and in-line shops. Mirasol East will follow with 14 acres dedicated to retail shops.
“Located near St. James Plantation, Mirasol is uniquely situated to fill a void in retail development for the swiftly expanding area,” Silivanch says,
In total more than 250,000 square feet of retail anchorage and outbuildings are planned. The site has all utilities, including water from St. James.
Residential plans include single- and multi-family homes, and the developers are in talks with several local builders.
“The area has garnered interest,” Silivanch says. Enough interest that NCDOT has approved a right-of-way access and median, allowing for a new left turn lane to provide for easy access into the main entrance of the community. Silivanch is pleased with the approval. “The interest in Mirasol continues to grow,” he says.
For more information, call Nick Silivanch at (910) 399-4602 or visit eccrenc.com.