Hotel to anchor planned Lake Norman community

The Mooresville developer who launched what is now the nearly $1 billion LangTree Lake Norman mixed-used community plans a smaller nearby development to be anchored by a 108-room hotel.

The 25-acre Alcove Commons also would include 61 townhomes, 58,519 square feet of commercial space and 33,788 square feet of office space on Alcove Road at Foundation Court, according to Mooresville Planning Department documents released last week.

Alcove is a two-lane road that links Interstate 77 Exits 33 and 31 in Mooresville. LangTree Lake Norman and the international headquarters of Lowe’s, the home improvement retailer, are off Exit 31.

Developer Rick Howard’s Alcove Langtree Properties LLC is proposing to build Alcove Commons. Howard, who grew up and still lives off what is now Exit 31, was one of the original developers of LangTree Lake Norman.

In May 2012, Ohio-based developer R.L. West Properties began building LangTree’s first 300 luxury apartments and 47,000 square feet of retail space after securing $41 million in financing to start the project.

Charlotte-based SwimMAC Carolina, which has produced some of the nation’s top competitive swimmers, is considering staging its main events in a proposed $10 million aquatic center at LangTree. The 51,000-square-foot aquatic center would be part of an 8-acre complex that also would include a parking garage and a 12-story, 230-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center.

The 108-room unnamed hotel in Howard’s nearby project would be four stories – the tallest building in his development. Other buildings would be one, two and three stories. Howard couldn’t be reached Sunday.

Alcove Commons would be “pedestrian friendly,” with sidewalks and green spaces throughout the site, according to town planning documents.

The Mooresville Planning Board is scheduled to consider a rezoning request from Howard’s company at its meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Mooresville Town Hall, 413 N. Main St.

The Planning Board makes recommendations to the Mooresville Board of Commissioners, which has final say on such rezonings. The commissioners have scheduled a public hearing on Howard’s request for 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at Town Hall.