A developer is planning to build an expansive residential subdivision on the spot where developers once hoped to build a $20 million baseball complex.
The subdivision is in the early stages of the planning process, though it could comprise some 480 single-family homes on two large tracts of land just west of Interstate 77, according to a preliminary sketch.
The Mooresville-based developer planning to build there, Nest Homes, does not expect to begin construction anytime soon and perhaps not until 2018, said Eric Wood, chairman of Nest. The development arm of Hinckley Gauvain, based in Huntersville, it is behind another project on nearby land, a waterfront community that would comprise several dozen homes, as well as another one along Bluefield Road that would have some 275 homes.
The time frame is based at least partly on a bridge replacement along nearby Cornelius Road that the state Department of Transportation is not scheduled to begin until next year, Wood said.
At this point, “we are still in the exploring stages of our development plan,” he said, noting that preliminary construction work at the site has yet to begin. He added that the subdivision would take a while to build, perhaps eight or more years.
The planned subdivision takes the place of a long-standing plan for a large-scale baseball complex on the same land that was abandoned last year. The complex, which was called America’s Park Mooresville, would have featured about two dozen diamonds, serving as a draw for tourists and youth leagues from across the country.
This summer, the town rezoned the two properties for low-density residential use after annexing them. The properties stretch over a total of 180 acres and are separated by Rankin Hill Road, between Judas Road and I-77.
The developer has yet to submit a site plan to the town for approval. But an engineering firm it is working with is finalizing a traffic impact study that is required by the town and is meant to determine whether the developer will have to make any road improvements to mitigate an anticipated increase traffic in the area.
The firm, Ramey Kemp & Associates Inc., has submitted a “very preliminary” sketch of the planned subdivision, said Craig Culberson, a senior planner for the town. The sketch shows only the possible entrances to the subdivision and the number of homes, and he noted that is subject to change.
To accommodate development at the site, the town plans to extend water and sewer service to there as part of its utility master plan, intending to affix pipelines to the new Cornelius Road bridge while it undergoes construction. It is the first time Mooresville would put in place such infrastructure on the west side of the Lake Norman tributary, Cornelius Creek.
How much the extension will cost the town remains undetermined, though the developer has agreed to pay a share.
“We believe in this section of Mooresville,” said Wood, who lives in town.
Jake Flannick is a freelance writer: email@example.com