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Hunter’s Run Launches in Pembroke

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PEMBROKE — Developer John Arnold says he couldn’t be happier than he is now in how his Villages of Hunter’s Run, a housing and commercial development on Candy Park Road, in Pembroke is being embraced by the community.


About 75 people, including public officials and members of Pembroke’s business community, attended Tuesday’s grand opening of the 10 townhouses making up the first construction phase of the $77 million project that began late last year. The entire development, Arnold said, is expected to take about three years to complete.


Arnold said that five of the 10 townhouses have already been purchased. The others are expected to be sold within the next few weeks, he said.


Overall the 126-acre upscale development is going to be made up of four villages, including the Village of Hunter’s Run. The other parts of the development are the Village of Deer Crossing, featuring additional townhouses; Wahoo Village Apartment Homes, consisting of 224 apartments; and the Village of Eagles Nest, consisting of 88 cluster homes. Also there will be the Market Village Shopping Center, consisting of 88,000 square feet of space housing various retailers, restaurants and a movie theater with several screens.


According to Arnold, a principle in developer Teem Partners, he is working with local construction company Metcon to bring to Pembroke high quality living options.


“We are really paying attention here to detail quality and technology,” Arnold said. “This is a town with so much potential.”


Aaron K. Thomas, Metcon’s CEO and president, said during his grand opening remarks that the Hunter’s Run project has been a great project to work on.


“This is a totally new concept here,” he said. “This is the first master plan community here in Pembroke.”


Thomas noted that these are the first townhouses to be built in Pembroke, an amenity that he said will be especially welcomed by young professionals wanting to move into the town.


“Hopefully this will lead to more things to come,” Thomas said.


Channing Jones, Pembroke Town Council’s mayor pro-tem, said the new homes are definitely needed if his community is to grow.


“The town has between a 94 and 95 percent occupancy rate and most are single-family homes,” he said. “…There’s not a lot of real estate in Pembroke to rent, lease or buy.”


Arnold said that the part of the development consisting of retail, restaurant and entertainment facilities will provide some of the services and products that area residents must now travel out of the area to purchase.


“We did a study where results showed that this is an incredibly under-retailed community,” he said. “There’s a large amount of dollars going out of the area because of the lack of local shopping.”


The townhouses viewed by those at the grand opening on Tuesday sell for about $165,000, according to Arnold. Each house encompasses a total of 15,048 square feet and includes three bedrooms and 3.5 baths.


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Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.