Town awaits special order to greenlight apartment complex

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The town of Mount Olive plans to submit a special order of consent application to the state on Jan. 17 asking for wastewater flow of 200,000 gallons per day until its overall treatment plant projects are completed.

Town Manager Charles Brown said the approval of the special order will relieve the town of the current moratorium on wastewater add ons, or any commercial or residential projects.

Just two weeks ago, Jacksonville developer Mark McClosky, who had planned to develop a 72-unit apartment complex on North Breazeale Avenue, met with the town manager on the status of the special order of consent issue.

McClosky’s initial plans fell through after officials said they could not provide a date for approval of the consent order providing him with 80,000 gallons of wastewater flow per day.

Now, Brown said, getting the state approval is getting closer.

“I have been assured by officials with the Division of Environmental Quality that once our application has been submitted that it will move quickly through the process and [be] handled with speed,” said Brown.

The 12-acre site for the potential apartment complex has already been rezoned by the town board of commissioners.

The developer, according to the town manager, still has the plans in place and approval of the consent order is expected to prompt him to move forward with it again.

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