Developer drops plans for Lake Norman hotel

Mooresville developer Rick Howard has scrapped plans for a four-story, 108-room hotel in his planned Alcove Commons mixed-used community on Lake Norman.

Howard removed the hotel from the 25-acre project off Alcove Road to appease neighbors on nearby Templeton Road who have fought the development over traffic concerns, Mooresville Senior Planner Craig Culberson said.

The Mooresville Board of Commissioners had scheduled the continuation of a public hearing for Monday night on a rezoning needed for the project. Commissioners instead agreed to hold the hearing and vote in March to allow Howard time to rework his plans.

Alcove Commons would still include 61 townhomes, 58,519 square feet of commercial space and 33,788 square feet of office space, county planners said.

The project would be just north of the nearly $1 billion LangTree Lake Norman mixed-use community. Howard was one of LangTree’s original developers.

Alcove Road is a narrow two-lane road that links Interstate 77 Exits 33 and 31.

LangTree Lake Norman and the international headquarters of Lowe’s, the home improvement retailer, are off Exit 31.

In September, the Mooresville Planning Board sided with concerned neighbors in recommending that town commissioners reject the Alcove Commons rezoning.

Neighbors on nearby Templeton Road said they’re concerned about increased traffic. They said traffic already stacks up each morning and afternoon at Lake Norman Charter Academy, which is on Alcove Road beside the Alcove Commons property.