By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on July 14, 2022
The Charlotte housing developer that had offered $4.5 million for the former Sentara Medical Center in Kitty Hawk owned by Pasquotank County has dropped that offer to $3.5 million, according to Pasquotank County Attorney Mike Cox.
In a Voice interview, Cox also noted that another, and currently unidentified prospective buyer, has displayed interest in purchasing that property for $4 million.
The initial $4.5 million proposal came from DPJ Residential and called for at least 225 market-rate units to be built on the six-acre site. Cox said that Pasquotank County has subsequently been informed by DPJ that it was cutting its offer by $1 million after finding some issues that would have reduced the density of the project.
At its July 12 meeting, the Pasquotank County Commissioners took a small step forward in the process by approving an appraisal of the former Sentara property, and Cox noted that county officials are discussing whether to wait for the appraisal to be completed before bringing the new $4 million offer to the commissioners.
The Town of Kitty Hawk itself had submitted a $2.7 million bid to Pasquotank for the Sentara property, an effort that apparently fell short. When interviewed last month, Kitty Hawk Town Manager Andy Steward said the DPJ “offer on the table would require a zoning change,” adding that the town and its residents would “have a voice” concerning such a zoning change.
Kitty Hawk also released a statement at that time indicating that if town bought the site, one potential use would be a new police station, something that “could be a savings to the taxpayers and be a more expedient option,” for the town’s new public safety facility.