Print
Real Estate - Residential

Student Housing Project Scheduled For 2020 Completion

By Johanna Cano, posted Oct 18, 2019
Kerr Station Lofts, a student housing redevelopment project now branded as Uncommon Wilmington, is expected to be completed during the summer of 2020. (Photo by Johanna Cano)
The construction of a mixed-use student housing project on South Kerr Avenue is well underway with its completion scheduled for the summer of 2020.

Kerr Station Lofts, now branded as Uncommon Wilmington, started construction of its 120 apartment units and 30 townhomes in early 2018 at 125 S. Kerr Ave., said Andrew Weddle, partner of Weddle Real Estate Investments, the project’s former development firm.

“Leasing is now active and we're doing well,” Weddle said. “We'll see the bulk of leasing happen in the spring. We'll finish the project in June or July. Construction is going smoothly and it’s going to be on time and on budget.”

Weddle Real Estate Investments had partnered with Chicago-based development firm CA Ventures to build and brand Uncommon Wilmington, after which CA Ventures bought out Weddle Real Estate Investments, said Mimi Simon, senior account manager at Taylor Johnson a real estate marketing group.

The apartments will be housed in one four-story and one three-story building and the townhomes will be two stories each. There is also 5,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

While the retail and restaurant tenants have not been chosen, they will cater to a younger market, he said.

“Steve Hall has gotten a number of folks from coffee shops to restaurants making their approach, but we have not decided how that's going to work now,” Weddle said. “It’s going to commensurate serving the students.”

Hall, a partner in commercial real estate firm Maus, Warwick, Matthews & Co., is the listing agent for the retail space.

Initially, in its city approved 2018 site plans, the development had planned for 139 apartments and 19 townhomes. The number of townhomes was increased to provide more options for graduating students, he said.

“The townhome mix with the three and four stories is to have accommodations for the students as they mature so they don't feel like they need to move out,” Weddle said. “In other words, if you're younger, maybe you like a four-story building and then maybe you transition to a three-story building. And maybe you have a dog and a friend, and you would like to live in a more adult or quieter space, that's where the townhomes come in. So, it helps our retention.”

Uncommon replaces Kerr Station Village shopping center, which has been demolished, at the corner of Kerr and Franklin Avenue.

Previously, as a principal with Progress Student Living, Weddle helped develop Progress 910, another student apartment development at 316 Marlboro St. which was sold in 2015 Phillips Acquisitions.

Weddle said he decided to work on another student development due to the growth of the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the city’s initiative to renovate Kerr Avenue.

"The city’s redesign of Kerr Avenue attracted us to bring capital investment and do another project there in addition to the university's growing enrollment and their exceptional reputation," he said. “If the city had not had the foresight to redesign and improve Kerr Avenue and add the multi-use path so that the students can safely bike and walk, we wouldn't have come back into town and done another project.”

Weddle said Weddle Real Estate Investments plans on working on two more residential and commercial projects in the Wilmington region.

“We’re looking at two other projects in Wilmington and that's a direct result of the strong metrics, both demographics of the population, and the attention that Wilmington is getting nationally, and somewhat internationally as a great place to live,” he said. “But it's also because it's a business-friendly community.”

This updated version corrects Weddle Real Estate Investments' current involvement in the project.
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Dallas headshot 300x300

Realistic Timelines

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors
Mike stonestreet 300x300

Best Practices For Virtual Board Meetings

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services)
Drewsmith copiersplus headshot

The Road Map To Secure And Economical Printing Practices

Drew Smith - Copiers Plus

Trending News

California-based Tech Company Opens An Office In Wilmington

Johanna Cano - Jun 4, 2020

Joint Venture Buys Private Marine Terminal In Wilmington

Christina Haley O'Neal - Jun 4, 2020

Colleagues Remember Pat Leonard As Student Advocate, Strong Voice For Inclusion

Jenny Callison - Jun 4, 2020

Live Oak Investment Subsidiary Grows Through Acquisition

Jenny Callison - Jun 5, 2020

Alcami Announces New CEO

Cece Nunn - Jun 4, 2020

In The Current Issue

Not A Normal Season

The Memorial Day weekend crowds were out in the area’s beach towns for what is traditionally the kick-off to the busiest tourist months of t...


Entrepreneur Pivots To Offer PPE

The CEO of Hensler Surgical Technologies LLC launched a new entity to sell personal protective equipment....


N.C. Ports Sets Sail With Big Opportunities

The MV Hyundai Hope’s trip to the port May 20 marked a significant step in developing economic oppor­tunities for the region and state, said...

Book On Business

The 2020 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

2020 Leadership Accelerator: Virtual Workshops for Real Leaders
2019 Health Care Heroes
August 26, 2019 Power Breakfast: A Healthy Sale?
2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - CEO, nCino, Pierre Naude`