A development group headed by a former Huntersville town commissioner plans to build a 17,000-square-foot indoor shooting range on Bailey Road over the next two years.
Lake Norman Sporting Arms and Range also will house a retail store and classroom space for firearms safety lessons.
The Cornelius Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a permit for the project last week. A dozen people spoke in favor of the project; no one spoke against it.
Travis Dancy, sports marketing manager for Visit Lake Norman, said the range could attract regional and national tournaments, providing an economic generator for the area. The closest such ranges are in Matthews and Belmont, officials said.
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At least 20,000 firearms are registered within a 45-minute drive of the planned range, the developers said in their permit application.
The development group consists of former Huntersville commissioner Brian Sisson and his wife, Tricia, and David and Trish Stukbauer, who own Lake Norman Sporting Arms on Jetton Road.
The project will be on about two acres on the northwest side of Bailey Road, between Bost Equipment and Bailey Road Storage. Thirty-two parking spaces are planned, five more than required by town ordinance.
Acoustical consultant Bruce Poteet said noise on the outside of the building will be greatly reduced by sound-absorbing material and the planned concrete wall and roof construction.
"The goal of the facility is to meet or exceed OSHA and county noise ordinances and to use the best practices and recommendations for indoor firing ranges from the NRA and NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation)," Poteet said in a Sept. 8 letter to project architect Robert Juskevich of Mind's Eye Architecture in Charlotte.
The Cornelius commissioners asked the developers to meet with town staff and a member of the town's architectural review board to discuss further muting the proposed bright color of the building's exterior, which Juskevich said is muted goldenrod.
"We wanted a bright, friendly, lodgy building," Juskevich told the Observer after the board approved the permit.
Work begins on senior apartments
CONCORD After several years of working with the N.C. Housing Finance Agency and Douglas Development LLC, city officials helped break ground last week on a 44-unit apartment complex for senior adults in the historically African American Logan neighborhood .
Villas at Logan Gardens will be on about 4 city-owned acres between Booker Drive Southwest and Rone Avenue Southwest, on the site of the former Logan High School.
The City Council approved a 50-year lease that requires Douglas Development to pay $50 a year for the property. At least 20percent of the units must go to low-income senior adults.
The city also granted the developer a 30-year, $340,086 loan at 2percent interest. The tax value of the property is about $1million. The land is between the Logan Multi-Purpose Center and the Logan Day Care Center.
City officials hope the apartment complex will encourage further development in the Logan community.
Douglas Development opened a similar complex, the Villas at Forest Park, in Kannapolis in April with 64 apartments for senior adults with incomes less than 60percent of the median area income.
Downtown group selects manager
CONCORD Diane Young, who formerly managed a downtown revitalization group in Georgetown, S.C., will begin her new role as executive director of the nonprofit Concord Downtown Development Corp. on Oct. 18.
She will replace Vickie Weant, who retired.
Young was downtown manager for the Downtown Georgetown Revitalization Association and downtown manager for the Main Street Project in Tuscumbia, Ala.
She earned a bachelor of science degree in construction technologyh from Eastern Michigan University.
Young is president of Downtown Graphics Network Inc. and vice president of LMY Inc., both in Salisbury. She has an N.C. general contractor's license. Staff Writer Meghan Cooke contributed.