Mooresville is on track to begin building a nearly mile-long connector road that will link Mazeppa and Cornelius roads and ease access to Interstate 77 for trucks traveling to and from two of the town’s industrial parks, a town official said.The town has 11 of the 14 land parcels that are needed for the project under contract and expects to have contracts to buy the other parcels within a month, town engineer Jonathan Young said.The town would then work to obtain the necessary permits for the projects. That would take another three months or less, Young told the Observer after updating the Mooresville Board of Commissioners on the project at the board’s June 17 meeting. “Then we’d move into the construction phase,” he said. The town plans to finish construction of the roughly $2 million connector by summer 2015.The connector will extend about 5,000 feet from Mazeppa Road east to the intersection of U.S. 21 and Cornelius Road. The new road will have two lanes, one lane in each direction, but the town plans to expand it eventually to four total lanes. Most trucks going to and from South Iredell Industrial Park and Mooresville Business Park on Mazeppa Road use Interstate 77 Exit 42 near Troutman. That’s because only two traffic lights are between that interchange and the parks, town officials said. Japan-based NGK Automotive Ceramics comes right up to Mazeppa Road at N.C. 115. The plant employs at least 400 workers in Mooresville. NGK is in the South Iredell Industrial Park, while other industries, including the Niagara Bottling Co., are farther down Mazeppa in Mooresville Business Park. Getting from the parks to Mooresville Exit 36 involves going through 10 or 11 traffic signals, many of them on clogged N.C. 150. With the connector, trucks will go through only two traffic signals south to I-77 Exit 33. Board to consider Barnhardt subdivisionThe Cornelius Planning Board on July 15 will consider a rezoning request from developer Jake Palillo of Cornelius-based Bluestream Partners LLC to build 26 homes with minimum lot sizes of 2 acres in his proposed Barnhardt subdivision on Bailey Road Extension.Palillo’s request is below the town’s 5-acre minimum lot size, established by the property’s rural preservation zoning, Cornelius Planning Director Wayne Herron said. The Barnhardt subdivision, formerly known as Bailey Forest, would be on 64 acres.The planning board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall, 21445 Catawba Ave. The planning board makes recommendations to the Cornelius Board of Commissioners, which is scheduled to consider the request at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at the town hall.Herron said the request raises the question of whether the town’s rural preservation zoning is too restrictive, given that Cornelius is in the Charlotte metropolitan area and that neighboring communities allow more homes per acre.“We’ve really got to talk through this,” Herron told those gathered at town commissioner John Bradford’s “Coffee Chat” at the Acropolis Restaurant at Interstate 77 Exit 28 on June 17. “Our neighbors are allowing three units per acre.”M/I Homes plans Huntersville subdivisionM/I Homes plans to build 99 homes in a new, 41-acre subdivision on Huntersville-Concord Road in Huntersville.The Columbus, Ohio-based home builder bought the so-called Bellington site from Charlotte-based developer Hopper Communities, which last year won approval from Huntersville to increase the property’s density from 88 lots to 99.M/I said recently that it hasn’t finalized home prices, but estimated they will start at around $250,000. Construction is expected to begin late this year. The one- and two-story homes will range from 2,019 to 3,500 square feet and include two- and three-car garages. Deon Roberts
Monday, Jun. 24, 2013
Mooresville connector road on track
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