Consultant ColeJenest & Stone has laid out a vision for the town's U.S. 21 corridor, from Catawba Avenue and the Smithville community, south to beyond the Oakhurst development off Bailey Road.
Called 21 Parkway, the two-mile-long “small area plan” looks ahead 20 years, consultant Brian Jenest told town commissioners at a special session before their board meeting last week.
The plan calls for a series of commercial, retail and residential buildings of various heights – the tallest being 10 stories, near Westmoreland Road. The plan encourages green space for public use along the corridor and more street connections for better traffic flow.
21 Parkway also calls for a greenway to connect proposed U.S. 21 green space with a park at the planned Village at Lake Norman development and ultimately to connect with Robbins Park. Near the south end of the study area, the plan calls for a trailhead for the Caldwell Creek Greenway.
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The consultant divided the U.S. 21 corridor into zones: a Smithville zone at the north end, a commercial zone roughly halfway down the corridor and a Washam Potts Road/Oakhurst zone at the southern end. The commercial zone includes the Westmoreland intersection, which is expected to bustle in coming years with the Village at Lake Norman nearby. Village at Lake Norman will be a $516-million, 2.2-million-square-foot development on 104 acres south of Westmoreland and bounded by U.S. 21 on the east and Interstate 77 on the west.
The project is to include about 810,000 square feet of corporate office space, 655,000 square feet of retail-restaurant space, two hotels totaling 350 rooms and 400 luxury residences.
Smithville residents have told Jenest they don't want growth trampling their long-established community, yet they want ways to attract and keep younger residents. Many residents are in their 60s, 70s and 80s, he said.
Commissioners asked staff to meet with Smithville residents to get more of their input before commissioners consider approving the 21 Parkway plan.
The town paid about $70,000 for ColeJenest & Stone to study the U.S. 21 corridor.
Shelter work to begin soon
Town commissioners have approved J.D. Goodrum Co. Inc.'s low bid of $552,000 to build the town's first animal shelter, on Meridian Street. “This has been a long process,” commissioner Jim Bensman said before the board's unanimous vote to approve the Cornelius company's bid last week. “This has been at least five years in the works.”
The shelter is being built with money from the town and numerous community fundraisers.
Mooresville Town Square lands more businesses
Developer Pinnacle Properties LLC announced that it has signed leases with several more businesses for its Mooresville Town Square center at Brawley School and Williamson roads. The businesses are new swimsuit retailer Aqua, Revels' Wine Café and Burger Bar.
This summer, Lowes Foods announced plans for a grocery in the center. Construction on the Lowes is scheduled to start in November.
At full build-out, Mooresville Town Square will have 200,000 square feet of stores and restaurants. Details: 704-377-6136; www.MooresvilleTownSquare.com.
Board approves Nantz Road plan
Town commissioners have approved a plan that will guide growth in the Nantz Road area, after assuring residents of Edinburgh Square Drive and Rosalyn Glen Road that they will be notified well in advance of any road project that could divert traffic onto their narrow streets.
Commissioners delayed approving the plan in August so town staff could meet with those residents about their concerns. Commissioners last week also mollified Nantz Road residents who were concerned that a proposed biking and walking trail called for in the plan would extend to the end of their road. Commissioners agreed to end the trail at Ramsey Creek Park. The board also ditched the idea of a zip line in the park because of concerns raised by nearby homeowners.
Among other features, the plan still calls for a new Rosalyn Glen Extension into Nantz Road. It calls for an inn near a pond and a deck/boardwalk, a Lake Norman overlook area and room for a restaurant, other businesses and an aged-care center.
Also sketched into the plan are two possible roads: one extending from Nantz to Torrence Chapel Road and the other running likewise parallel to West Catawba Avenue but on the opposite side. Both would alleviate West Catawba congestion, town officials said.
Bailey's Glenn sales office opens
National builder K. Hovnanian Homes has opened a sales office at its planned Four Seasons at Bailey's Glenn active adult community on Bailey Road near N.C. 115.
Targeting the 55-and-older population, Four Seasons plans to have 372 single-family homes, 96 condominiums, a clubhouse, concierge service, pool, tennis court and bocce ball court.
The development is on 150 acres beside Bailey Middle School, .6 miles from N.C. 115 (Old Statesville Road). Details: 704-361-5461; khov.com/BaileysGlenn.