Commissioners delay Nantz Road plan approval
Town commissioners delayed approving a plan last week that would guide growth in the Nantz Road area, after residents of Edinburgh Square Drive and Rosalyn Glen Road complained the plan would divert dangerous amounts of traffic onto their narrow subdivision streets.
Residents also said the town failed to inform them that the Nantz Road plan would affect their streets, which are off West Catawba Avenue. Although they received postcards from the town notifying them of Nantz Road Small Area Plan meetings, residents said, the cards named only Nantz Road and not their streets.
The plan in part calls for a traffic light near West Catawba and Edinburgh Square and a new extension road leading to the new signal from Nantz Road.
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It's difficult at times for more than one car to travel two-lane Rosalyn Glen if a car is parked on one side of the road, let alone if cars are parked on both sides, residents said. They said they're concerned motorists will use their roads as cut-throughs to the planned Villages at Lake Norman and future Interstate 77 Exit 27.
“When I bought my property, my Realtor didn't tell me (Rosalyn Glen) was proposed for a thoroughfare road,” resident Diane Mullen told commissioners at a public hearing Monday on the Nantz Road plan. She joined about 25 other concerned Rosalyn Glen and Edinburgh Square residents at the hearing.
Some Nantz Road residents, meanwhile, said they didn't like that the plan includes a bike or walking trail to the end of their road. Residents told commissioners they already have trouble with trespassers and don't want sidewalks or a trail, which would encourage only more unwanted visitors, they said.
Residents said any such trail or sidewalk should extend only as far as Ramsey Creek Park, and several commissioners told residents they agreed. “I'm not at all convinced we need to extend the trail beyond the park,” commissioner Dave Gilroy said.
Jerry Broadway, executive director of the nonprofit Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corp., praised the plan. He said it encourages more badly needed commercial and office space and would improve traffic flow. He liked the meeting space that would accompany a small inn that the plan calls for.
“Overall, I think this plan is very well-conceived,” Broadway said. “It would give Cornelius a sense of place…It would create an identity for Cornelius.”
Commissioners unanimously agreed to continue Monday's public hearing to their Sept. 15 meeting, so town planners can meet with Rosalyn Glen-Edinburgh Square residents over their concerns.
Shelter contract to be awarded Sept. 15
Town commissioners will consider awarding a construction contract on Sept. 15, for a new town animal shelter on Meridian Street, Town Manager Anthony Roberts said.
Lake Norman Lucky Cat presented commissioners with a $72,000 check on Monday – the amount that numerous community volunteers raised toward the shelter's construction.
Roberts said he's confident the remaining $200,000 needed from private sources for the shelter will be raised soon.
Sid Morris, owner of the North Harbor Club restaurant off Interstate 77 Exit 30 in Davidson, and fellow real estate developer Mark Adkins, owner of The Waterfront Group, will host a gala shelter benefit at the North Harbor Club on Sept. 20. The evening will feature a live auction of rare and collectible items. Details: Sherry Loeffler at 704-896-3350, ext. 11.
Exit 31 Gateway Committee to meet
The I-77 Exit 31 Gateway Committee, a group of business leaders and other residents who will recommend ways to beautify Exit 31 under construction in south Iredell, will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Chas. H. Sells office, 128 Overhill Drive, Suite 105. Details: 704-664-3898.
Habitat for Humanity groundbreaking
Habitat for Humanity of Iredell County plans to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its Fourth Creek Village subdivision at 4 p.m. Sept. 6.
The 16-lot community off Logan Street is the result of a land donation by First Presbyterian Church of Statesville, in celebration of its 250th anniversary. First Presbyterian was originally Fourth Creek Presbyterian.
Clive Rainey, director of community relations for Habitat for Humanity International and the organization's first volunteer, will join other Habitat officials and volunteers and church, government and civic leaders at the event. www.habitatiredell.org; 704-871-0409.