Construction crews from East Point Homes LLC of Jacksonville operate heavy machinery Thursday at the construction site of Eastport II at the Park, an affordable housing complex located at 738 Professional Park Dr., Beaufort. (Matthew Adkins photo)

BEAUFORT - A long-awaited affordable housing project broke ground Wednesday in Beaufort.


Map showing the location of the soon-to-be Eastport II at the Park affordable housing complex, located at 738 Professional Park Drive in Beaufort. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

The Eastport II at the Park complex is located several blocks away from the Beaufort Elementary and Middle schools at 738 Professional Park Dr. and will offer 48 units rented for $400 to $800 per month.

The project will be overseen by East Carolina Community Development Inc. (ECCDI). Architecture is planned by Raleigh-based firm TightLines Designs with engineering handled by The Cullipher Group of Morehead City. Performing contractor labor will be East Point Homes LLC of Jacksonville.

The Eastport II at the Park complex has been in the works for nearly a decade and will have a budget of approximately $11.5 million.

ECCDI's other current projects include Elijah’s Landing in Morehead City, Covenant Senior Housing in Castle Hayne and Cliffmore Park in Fayetteville.

In addition to the new construction unveiled Wednesday, ECCDI has previously built the Troon Apartments for senior citizens in Beaufort, as well as numerous other housing developments in Morehead City, Newport, Jacksonville and Wilmington.

Following Wednesday's groundbreaking, ECCDI Executive Director Keith Walker expressed his gratitude towards the NorCal Housing Finance Agency and legislators for providing the necessary funding.

The Eastport II at the Park project is expected to take 18 months to complete and will provide relief to families struggling to secure adequate housing within the area.

Eastport II at the Park is only one of several recent low-income housing construction projects in Beaufort, with another being a 300-unit undertaking by a public-private partnership between developer WinnCompanies and the Beaufort Housing Authority (BHA).

Construction of the 300 low-income units will primarily be funded through federal tax credits, HUD grants, local contributions and land sales proceeds.

The units will be built on 27 acres of land controlled by the housing authority, according to BHA Chairman Richard deButts.

The BHA currently has 100 rentals ranging in size from one to five bedrooms located at Legion Drive and Second Street, Turner, Craven, Broad and Queen streets.

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There goes your quaint neighborhood!

David Collins

These Affordable / low income “units” . Are they going to be built ghetto style , jamb them in high and tight , or will there be breathing room ? Pets ? Section 8 ? Single moms in crisis with hot and cold running boyfriends that do not live there but do stay there ?

Just curious !


So more crime is likely coming to the area since it sounds like section 8 housing since those occupants are behind most of the crime in the larger cities.

David Collins

Not initially . Lots depends on the leases the occupiers must sign . Number of residents per unit , guest policy , pet policy but none allowed is best. Not even a goldfish . Parking , trash , and when the payments are due . Ultimately success or failure will depend on management and any sweetheart deals with the state/federal sponsors who are using your money . Done well , you will hardly notice . Done poorly , you will read about it every week or so .

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