August 14, 2014

Developer plans 202-home community on Lake Norman

Mooresville development would include $1 million waterfront homes facing the Cornelius Creek section of the lake.

In another sign that residential growth is marching to Lake Norman’s western and northern shores, a Mooresville developer has announced plans to build 164 single-family homes and 38 condominiums at the Cornelius Creek section of the lake.

The Mooresville Planning Board on Thursday night unanimously recommended that the Mooresville Board of Commissioners approve developer Hinckley Gauvain LLC’s request to rezone 135.6 acres off Big Indian Loop and Little Indian Loop. The community would be south of Cornelius Road where Interstate 77 Exit 38 is planned.

The commissioners have scheduled a public hearing on the rezoning request for Sept. 2.

Developer Eric Wood told the Observer after the meeting that waterfront homes in the unnamed development would cost $1 million or more and other homes, $400,000 to $600,000.

Seventy residents of Big Indian Loop attended Thursday’s meeting. About a dozen spoke before the board to express concerns largely over safety on the narrow and curvy two-lane road. With three proposed entrances off Big Indian Loop, the development would spill too much traffic on their road, residents said.

Wood agreed at the meeting to add a main entrance off Bluefield Road to divert some traffic off Big Indian Loop.

Steven Rotman, who served as a spokesman for his fellow longtime Big Indian Loop residents, urged the board, to no avail, to delay voting for a month to give residents time to better understand the project and come up with solutions to their traffic concerns.

Growth, meanwhile, also has targeted the eastern Lincoln County side of the lake.

Simonini Group of Charlotte’s planned Rivercross development near Lake Norman in eastern Lincoln County will include 220 single-family homes, 240 apartments and 100,000 square feet of retail. The 116-acre community would sit on vacant land on the west side of N.C. 16 Business, south of Triangle Circle.

Also, in March, Lincoln County commissioners unanimously approved a rezoning for what will be the county’s largest subdivision – 1,650 homes geared to adults 55 and older.

Arizona-based Shea Homes intends to build its Trilogy Lake Norman development on 589 primarily wooded acres on the south side of N.C. 73 west of Little Egypt Road, near N.C. 16.

An industrial park, meanwhile, is planned to the west of Rivercross on Optimist Club Road. Airlie Park Phase I is scheduled to include 1 million square feet of industrial space on the south side of Optimist Club Road along Airlie Parkway, extending to Rufus Road.

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