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Developer plans 109 homes in Mills River

MILLS RIVER — A developer plans to build 109 single-family homes on either side of N.C. 280 at Turnpike Road in Mills River.

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Mills River Crossing would contain lots on three-quarter acres and about 14 acres of commercial space. Mills River Town Manager Jeff Wells said the developer’s agent, Vladimir Grebenyuk, has not described what kind of commercial use the owners plan for the property.
“When they get to the planning board level they probably will need that information because I’m sure that will be a question that’s asked,” Wells said.
“There’s a considerable amount (of open space) spread out throughout” the project, Wells said. “They’re still working with the county on the watershed review and they still have some things to work out with Hendersonville on the water extension.”
The developers first considered septic tanks but now are working with Cane Creek Sewer District to serve the subdivision.
“Your best bet to actually use all of the property is sewer but that’s an expensive proposition because the nearest sewer is a ways up the road,” Wells said. The developer would need to pay for water line and sewer line extensions of about 4,200 feet, he said.
Although Mills River has a need for more affordable homes for working families, Mills River Crossing is unlikely to provide it.
“With that size lot, they’re not going to be starter homes,” Well said.
The property fronts on N.C. 280, Turnpike Road and Old Turnpike Road and is made up of parcels owned by Inna Raddishin (Inra Holdings LLC) and Nazar Shkinder (Mills River Crossing LLC). Inra Holdings bought a 48-acre parcel on Turnpike Road at N.C. 280 for $1 million in August 2014, tax records show. Mills River Crossing bought 52 acres for $1.5 million in February 2015.
The area will be served by a new fire station within five years. Mills River Fire & Rescue bought seven acres on N.C. 280 near the proposed subdivision. Construction of the station is about three years down the road, Chief Rick Livingston said.