Dare committee wants interviews with two firms seeking to build affordable housing

Published 8:29 am Monday, January 31, 2022

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A committee of the Dare Board of Commissioners will interview two candidates for the $35 million project to build affordable housing in the county.

On Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, the board’s Capital Improvements Planning Committee met to review the three submissions responding to a request for qualifications.

The candidates for an interview are:

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Woda Cooper Companies, Inc.: The firm has developed over 375 properties and manages about 16,000 units in 16 states. The companies include: Woda Cooper Development Inc., Woda Construction, Inc. and Woda Management and Real Estate, LLC, all of which are headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Pease Law PLLC, of Charlotte, is legal counsel, TightLines Designs, of Raleigh, is the architect and the civil engineer is Anlauf Engineering PLLC, of Kitty Hawk.

Coastal Affordable Housing, LLC states its architect, contractor and development team are all principals in this project, including Aaron Thomas with general contractor Metcom; Robert Ferris, Richard Green and Eric Lindstrom with sfl+a Architects and First Floor; and J. Jordan Hennessey with Pamlico Management Group/EJE Dredging Service, who will serve as main point of contact for the projects. Timmons Group will provide civil engineering. Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales will oversee leasing, property management and real estate. A Poyner Spruill attorney will negotiate the contract with Dare County and an attorney with McGuire Woods will handle developer financing.

Judd K. Roth Real Estate Development, of Allentown, Pa. and North Port, Fla., also submitted a response, but was eliminated by consensus.

The statutory requirements include “experience in developing multifamily, multistory housing units in Dare County, other parts of the state or in Dare County and other parts of the state.” Additionally, the private partner, principal or the two together, “shall have experience in executing a public-private partnership, forgivable loan initiative or both . . .”

The committee directed staff to arrange interviews and presentations by the two candidate organizations during the week of Feb. 7, 2022.

On the Capital Improvements Planning Committee are Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robert L. Woodard and Vice Chairman Wally Overman, board member Rob Ross, county finance director David Clawson and director of Human Resources Elizabeth Reilly, all of whom attended the Jan. 24 committee meeting. Attending but not participating were commissioners Jim Tobin and Danny Couch. Also in attendance were county manager Robert L. Outten, county purchasing agent Dustin Peele and Dare’s public information officer Dorothy Hester.