New Spectrum office building is in the works for Nags Head

By on May 15, 2018

Architect’s rendering. (Cahoon and Kasten)

Plans to replace the old Charter cable company building on the beach road that was damaged during Hurricane Matthew show an office much more compatible with the beach look that Nags Head officials look for in new constuction.

But the building will not be open to the public to do business with Spectrum, as the company is now known, such as paying bills or exchanging equipment.

The town’s Planning Board endorsed the concept Tuesday. The site plan and conditional use request now go to the Board of Commissioners.

An architect’s rendering shows a one-story building with pitched roofing, a porch wrapping around two sides and simulated wood shingles. It will be a little over 3,000 square feet.

It will replace the blocky, two-story building that looked misplaced in the largely residential and gallery-focused neighborhood. Located on the corner of N.C. 12 and Gallery Row, it has been torn down. The lot is in a commercial district, so no rezoning is required.

A metal warehouse on the lot remains, but the chain-link fence on the west side of the property has been replaced with wooden fencing. Wooden fencing and shrubbery will conceal the chain link along Gallery Row at the urging of town planners.

Since the storm, Spectrum has been dealing with customers in a storefront office at the Marketplace in Southern Shores.

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  • OBX Resident

    RE: ‘It will replace the blocky, two-story building that looked misplaced in the largely residential and gallery-focused neighborhood.’

    To state that the former building ‘looked misplaced’ is somewhat ironic. Prior to the infestation of the beach in this area of ‘out of placed architectural disasters of cottages’ and the saga that has endured, this stretch of the Beach Road was home to ‘blocky’ buildings that captured the ethos of a bygone era of the Outer Banks: The Carolinian Hotel, Grey’s Department Store, the Cinema, The Cabana East Hotel, The Atlantis, The Foosball Palace, The Pebble Beach Hotel, and many others.

    Thus, to me it was not the ‘blocky’ former Charter Building with it’s vintage concrete breeze block facade that ‘looked misplaced’. Instead it is all of the large rental cottages that have wiped out the true character of the Outer Banks in this area. I was much more comfortable with the old building than this false ode to the past and the newly developed cottages. This proposed building looks widely out of place given the rich history of this section of beach.

    Tuesday, May 15 @ 10:49 am
  • tim

    So it won’t be open to the public, you can’t return equipment and you can’t pay a bill there. What will they use the building for I wonder. Maybe we can sit on the porch and watch Dish TV.

    Tuesday, May 15 @ 12:09 pm
  • wombatnc

    Sounds like another Charter rate hike is in the works – locals will probably foot the bill for this new building. We really need some cable competition down here!

    Tuesday, May 15 @ 1:52 pm
  • KHer

    >>>But the building will not be open to the public to do business with Charter, such as paying bills or exchanging equipment.<<<

    So the Southern Shores office will stay open for equipment exchange? Why does Spectrum need a big, new building then? Get ready for your bill to increase to pay for this!

    Tuesday, May 15 @ 3:23 pm
  • PappyB

    Streaming is the answer to rate hikes. When a cable provider encounters a period of ‘no-growth or subscriber reductions’ they get the message regarding future rate hikes. Only use their internet services, OTA (Antenna) & digital phone service.

    Tuesday, May 15 @ 11:00 pm
  • El rico

    At least the old two story building had another floor to go.the new building..roof

    Wednesday, May 16 @ 4:24 pm
  • jackie harris

    Does the County still give an inclusive right to serve deal to spectrum??

    Thursday, May 17 @ 8:30 am