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Shea Homes to hold community input sessions on planned Lake Norman development

DENVER, N.C. As it prepares to build one of the largest housing communities in the Carolinas geared to adults 55 and older, Shea Homes announced Wednesday that it will hold a series of community involvement sessions beginning in September.

At 1,650 homes, Trilogy Lake Norman, formerly known as Carolina Ridge, will be Lincoln County’s largest subdivision when completed in 2021.

In March, Lincoln County commissioners unanimously approved a rezoning to let Arizona-based Shea Homes build the development on 589 primarily wooded acres on the south side of N.C. 73 west of Little Egypt Road, near N.C. 16.

The community, several miles southwest of the lake, will be one of the largest older adult communities in the area. The largest, Sun City Carolina Lakes in Fort Mill and Indian Land, S.C., has about 2,900 homes, with plans for 3,400 eventually, a spokeswoman has said.

“We’re super-excited to be here and get under way,” Jay Seymoure, general manager of Shea Homes North Carolina, said Wednesday.

Shea Homes closed on the property in May, Seymoure said. The acreage belonged to development companies owned by members of the Clark family, who are among the largest landholders in eastern Lincoln County.

The community involvement, or “living vision” sessions will be at Trilogy Lake Norman’s new offices at 7505 N.C. 73, beside Cook-Out Restaurant near N.C. 16. Residents can offer input on everything from floor plans to community design, he said. More details will be posted at www.trilogylife.com.

Homes will range from 1,100 to 3,000 square feet and will be single story, Seymoure said. Prices will range from $180,000 to $400,000.

A 25,000-square-foot activities building is planned on 12 acres in the center of the development and will include dining, fitness and programming areas and an outdoor or indoor pool, Seymoure said.

Shea Homes intends to hold a grand opening of its first model home in late summer 2015, Seymoure said.

At least 30 percent of the site will be left undeveloped. Walking and bike trails are planned. While trees will have to come down for the homes, some centuries-old trees will be preserved, Seymoure said.

Trilogy Lake Norman will be the 15th Trilogy community nationwide for Shea Homes. Other Trilogy communities on the East Coast are in Florida and Virginia.

Marusak: 704-358-5067; Twitter: @jmarusak
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