Wilmington Developer Plots Hundreds of New Apartments in Garner

A Wilmington developer is looking to bring hundreds of new apartments to Garner after the town agreed to rezone the property slated for the project last month.

On Feb. 22, Zimmer Development Company filed plans for calling for 339 apartment units in a new apartment community in town.

The project is situated on 27 acres at 601 Tryon Road just north of the North South Station shopping center.

Charlotte-based Broomfield LLC has owned the land since 2000, according to county records. The group is managed by the Long family.

“This property had been owned by the same family for a long time, and they had it zoned for commercial a number of years ago,” Adam Tucker, Zimmer Development director of development said. “Then the alignment of Tryon Road came in and took away its direct frontage. So they took it to market.”

Plans call for a large L-shaped building on the northern side of the property and a collection of garden-style walkups on the southern side.

The community will include a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units, plus amenities such as a pool and clubhouse. The property is also expected to be on a future bus rapid transit line.

The property is bifurcated by wetlands in the middle of the parcel.

Tucker says the town voted to rezone the property earlier this year, and the company hopes to begin construction by the end of the year. He expects it will take about 18 months to complete.

Hagan Engineering PA is the engineer listed on the plans.

The project is one of several Zimmer has in the works in the Triangle.

Most notably, the company continues to work on its plans for a massive mixed-use tower at 506 and 508 Capital Blvd. in downtown Raleigh. The city rezoned that property in 2020 to allow for up to 40 stories of development.

Tucker says they have yet to finalize design plans for the site.