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  Kavanagh Co. plans 785 homes in Graham

by Michelle Cater Rash
The Business Journal Serving the Greater Triad Area


Greensboro home builder John Kavanagh Co. has plans for two developments in Graham that could add a total of 785 homes to this growing community.

The first project, called Melville Farms, will include 115 single-family houses and 220 town houses on 115 acres.

The single-family homes will range from $225,000 to $275,000 and the town homes will be priced between $160,000 and $200,000, said Mary Ellen Kavanagh Lowery, the director of land acquisition and development for the John Kavanagh Co.

Plans for the second project, Knolls at Melville Farms, call for the subdivision to contain 350 single-family houses and 100 condominiums or town homes on 175 acres.

Lowery said plans for the subdivision were still being finalized, but it is expected to have a section containing 45 single-family homes ranging in price from $350,000 to $500,000. The rest of the single-family homes will likely cost around $200,000, she said. Prices for the town homes or condos have not been set yet.

While Melville Farms and Knolls at Melville Farms are two separate developments, they are located across from each other in southern Graham.

Before home construction can begin, water and sewer lines need to be extended to the properties, a project expected to cost about $1 million, Lowery said. Work on the installation is expected to begin this fall and home construction could begin in about nine months, she said.

These projects are just the latest in a series of housing developments for the Alamance County seat, which has seen explosive housing growth in the last few years.

In the last two years, the city has approved 21 new subdivisions containing a total of 2,759 lots. City planner Michael Leinwand said with 110 building permits issued so far this year, Graham is on pace to set a record level of activity.

"We're really exploding," he said.

Housing experts and city officials attribute Graham's growth to its location. In the center of Alamance County, residents can get to the heart of both the Triad and the Triangle in 45 minutes.

The cost of land is also cheaper in Graham than in the local metropolitan areas, especially the Triangle.



 
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