Up to 800 homes and accompanying commercial, office and medical space could soon be built on 371 acres at Albemarle and Rocky River roads near the Interstate 485 interchange.
The development would be next to the future Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center under construction.
Kolter Homes, based in South Florida, hopes to build Cresswind, the residential part of the project. Cresswind is designed as an active adult community for those age 55 and older. The company has built similar Cresswind developments in South Carolina at Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Summerville.
Amenities would include passive parks, open spaces, trails, a clubhouse, tennis courts, pickle ball courts, a pool, a demonstration kitchen, exercise rooms and outdoor entertainment areas. Kolter Homes is working with adjoining Larkhaven golf course in hopes of providing golf cart access to the course from the development.
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The portion of the site along Albemarle Road would be developed with a neighborhood shopping center including offices and possibly a continuing care residential community with up to 230 units.
The project would be built in the unincorporated area of Mecklenburg County. The Charlotte City Council could make a decision as early as January on a request to change several zoning categories and on the site plan.
John Morgan of Kolter Homes said if the rezoning is approved and permits are issued as expected, the company could start construction in summer. The first phase would consist of a sales center and 12 to 15 model homes. He expects the first resident to move in the summer of 2017.
Morgan said he expected construction to follow the path of the Myrtle Beach development, which sold about 100 homes a year, meaning an eight-year build out for the total project.
He said the homes will range in size from 1,500 square feet to 3,000 square feet with a price point beginning in the lower $300,000s.
Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer: email@example.com.
To see the site plan, community meeting notes and other correspondence related to this project, visit www.rezoning.org and search for 2015-101.