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12/17/2020 5:32:00 PM
Doggett family seeks 'dialogue' with Summerfield over land
Photo by Chris Burritt/NWO  |  The owner of two contiguous parcels for sale at U.S.220 and N.C. 150 seeks input from Summerfield Town Council in developing the property.
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Photo by Chris Burritt/NWO | The owner of two contiguous parcels for sale at U.S.220 and N.C. 150 seeks input from Summerfield Town Council in developing the property.

SUMMERFIELD - The family that owns Doggett Construction Co. wants to talk to Summerfield leaders about the potential for development of two tracts of land on U.S. 220 at N.C. 150.

The contiguous parcels at 4961 and 4963 U.S. 220 North are located at the southwestern corner of the intersection. The 4.72 acres is being offered for sale at $595,000, according to the listing by NAI Piedmont Triad agent Sam Munday.    

Deb Allman explained her family's position in a letter to Summerfield Mayor BJ Barnes in October. Allman is the daughter of Truman Doggett, who died in August at the age of 91, and his widow, Judy.

The couple started Doggett Construction Co., a three-generation family business in Summerfield. Allman manages an entity called Generations Acquisition Group LLC (GAG) that acquires and rents residential properties. It owns the two tracts on U.S. 220.

"lt remains important to us - especially to Judy Doggett and the memory of Truman Doggett - that the development of GAG's parcels contribute to the growth of the Town in a welcome way," Allman told Barnes in the letter.

She added that she and Sam Munday, a Realtor representing GAG, would be happy to discuss options with Summerfield leaders if the parcels "can be integral to the town's long-range planning."

In an interview with the Northwest Observer last month, Allman said "the overarching purpose of the letter was to simply open a dialogue with the town of Summerfield. The town is engaging in some long-range planning and we'd like to understand how the development of our parcels is consistent with the town's vision."

Allman said she doesn't envision a particular type of development for the property. Rather, she said, she's asking "what types of development does the town envision there? What would the community embrace?"

Mayor Barnes mentioned Allman's letter during Summerfield Town Council's Nov. 10 meeting.

"We've missed a giant in Summerfield with the loss of Truman Doggett," Barnes said. "And I think his family is still invested here and they still want to continue being a positive force in this town."

Several years ago, Allman and Munday talked to former Summerfield Mayor Mark Brown and town planners about "a number of scenarios for developing GAG's parcels," according to her letter. Discussions ended after the town bought property fronting U.S. 220 just north of GAG's tracts.

In the interview, Allman said her family would prefer to sell the property to a developer rather than develop the land themselves.

She wrote in the letter that her family was pleased to learn that municipal water and sewer services may be extended to the area.

"Having additional public utilities might allow us to attract end users that would otherwise find the sites unsuitable," she wrote.

A proposal by Summerfield Farms owner David Couch would extend water and sewer lines from the city of Greensboro for the residential and commercial development of 650 acres around Couch's wedding and events venue on Pleasant Ridge Road.

Planning is in its early stages, with the development proposal requiring the approval of elected officials in Summerfield, Greensboro and Guilford County. If water and sewer services were extended to Summerfield Farms, they could possibly be run to other areas of Summerfield, including the U.S. 220 corridor, according to Couch.

If its cost could be justified, extending water and sewer service to the U.S. 220 tracts would "simply remove a layer of constraint" for a developer, Allman said in the interview. "Towards that end, it has the potential to permit site development that is more aesthetically pleasing."

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