Luxury apartments coming to Broad Street

50-acre property to feature 336 units in 14 3-story buildings

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 4/27/18

Sumter continues to grow west. That is in the western part of the city and in close proximity to Shaw Air Force Base.

Berkley Hall Construction in Greensboro, North Carolina, recently acquired about 50 acres at 3290 Broad St. Mike Murray, …

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Luxury apartments coming to Broad Street

50-acre property to feature 336 units in 14 3-story buildings

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Sumter continues to grow west. That is in the western part of the city and in close proximity to Shaw Air Force Base.

Berkley Hall Construction in Greensboro, North Carolina, recently acquired about 50 acres at 3290 Broad St. Mike Murray, co-founder of the company, said he plans to build a 336-unit luxury apartment complex this year that consists of 14 three-story buildings.

Murray closed on the property, which will become Retreat at Sumter Apartments, on Feb. 15 and has cleared the area of trees. He said - weather permitting - the foundation will start coming out of the ground in the next 30 days. Murray said he's taking applications now and hopes to start leasing units in September.

He categorized the complex as luxury apartments and not subsidized. A total of 204 units, or about 60 percent, will be two-bedroom apartments; 36 units, or 11 percent, will be three bedrooms; and 96, or 29 percent, will have one bedroom, according to the Sumter City-County Planning Commission.

Murray said the apartments' outside amenities will include a resort-style pool, a clubhouse with a fitness center, fire pits and grills, a pet wash area and a cabana party area.

On the inside, apartments will have 9-foot ceilings, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a laundry area.

Murray is no stranger to Sumter. In 2006, he built and managed the 252-unit Piedmont Plantation at Carter Mill on Carter Road, which is just behind the new development. He said he was fortunate enough to sell it recently and buy 50 acres in front of it to build something new.

"It's kind of like anything in building - you evolve," Murray said. "Twelve years ago, what we built in Sumter is what we were building then. But as things change, you try to make things a little nicer. So, those have 8-foot ceilings and black appliances. These have 9-foot ceilings and stainless steel appliances."

Murray said he had a high occupancy rate at Piedmont Plantation and that more than half the tenants were military associated with Shaw.

Mack Kolb, a Realtor with Century 21 Hawkins & Kolb who was part of a group that sold the land to Murray's company from Palmetto Health Tuomey for $2.15 million, said a new apartment complex of this scale comes to Sumter about once every five years.

Murray said his company has one other large apartment complex in the state - 340 units in York County called The Arbors at Fort Mill.

"I think it will be well received in town," Murray said. "It will be a very nice apartment complex and a nice upgrade for Sumter."