The Cornelius Transportation Advisory Board will further review plans for two major apartment complexes at 6 p.m. Sept. 27, after numerous residents raised traffic and other concerns at recent community meetings.
At least 100 residents attended a community meeting at Town Hall on Sept. 4 to learn more about Madison Development Group LLCs proposed 234-unit apartment complex.
Madison at Lake Norman would be on about 20 vacant acres owned by Charlotte developer B.V. Belk between Magnolia Estates Drive and Edinburgh Square Drive, off West Catawba Avenue. The property is west of the Magnolia Estates subdivision of single-family homes.
The complex would include six four-story apartment buildings, three three-story buildings with five townhouses apiece and a clubhouse with an outdoor pool, according to a map of the project and other documents on file at the Cornelius Planning Department and at http://cornelius.org.
According to a land development application filed July 27, the project also would include extensive open space, preserved woodlands and walking trails. Edinburgh Square Drive would be extended to Magnolia Estates Drive, according to the application.
Another 30 to 40 residents attended a similar community meeting at Town Hall that evening on developer Kenton LLCs plans for a 108-unit multi-family complex on 2.7 vacant acres off Kenton Drive, in the developers Kenton Place development off West Catawba Avenue. The property is between the Galway Hooker Restaurant and Irish Pub and the old Palace Theater.
The town requires developers to hold such community meetings before projects are reviewed by the Cornelius Planning Board and ultimately the Cornelius Board of Commissioners, which has final say on rezonings needed for such projects to proceed.
The Cornelius Planning Board is scheduled to consider both projects at its Oct. 8 meeting at Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.
The Planning Board makes recommendations to the Cornelius Board of Commissioners, which is tentatively scheduled to consider the projects at its Nov. 5 meeting at Town Hall.
Part of Corban Avenue S.W. closed
Motorists can no longer use Corban Avenue S.W. in Concord to cross the railroad tracks near the Cabarrus Avenue roundabout.
The N.C. Department of Transportation permanently closed Corban Avenue S.W. at the at-grade rail crossing on Sept. 10 to improve safety.
The closure will accommodate construction of the new Cabarrus Avenue bridge over the railway.
In March, the state Department of Transportation announced the awarding of a $4.5 million contract to Blythe Development Co. to replace the existing bridge tracks, built in 1917.
Structural work is scheduled to be finished by Sept. 14, 2014, with final vegetation work complete by March 11, 2015, said Peter Franzese, Concord public affairs and projects manager.