Subdivision expansion questioned

Plans by one of the town's largest housing developments to add a senior living community have drawn concerns over traffic and other issues by some of the subdivision's residents.

About 50 Morrison Plantation homeowners turned out Thursday night to hear developers Ed Kale and Rex Welton and builder Jeff Pelchat, president of Mooresville-based Prestige Building Co., explain their plans for senior housing in the subdivision near Lake Norman.

Plans include 150 independent-living units and, eventually, 100 assisted-living units, 40 skilled-care/Alzheimer's units and 51 single-family homes. Some of the independent-living units would be in a three-story building.

Kale said Mooresville needs such a community as the population ages, but some residents said they worried about ambulances and trucks that would need to serve such a community and use their residential streets.

"They're not typically placed in a residential community," resident Allyson Burns said.

Having so many elderly drivers on the streets is also a concern, resident Joseph Yanicak said. He urged a vote of all residents on the plans.

Kale said traffic will be far less than if the developers had proposed apartments, and Pelchat said the living units he proposes will be "upscale."

"It will be really nice for the community," Pelchat said. "And it will have a lot lower impact than if apartments were in there."

The developers are seeking a zoning change that would allow them to proceed with their plans.

The Mooresville Planning Board will consider the request at its meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at town hall, 413 N. Main St.

The board makes recommendations to the Mooresville Board of Commissioners, which has final say and could consider the request at a regular meeting in January.

Conservancy hosting nature series

Members of the Davidson Lands Conservancy hope a series of free community programs will inspire parents to spend time with their children in the local outdoors.

The organization established its "World of Wonder" series this fall in response to a deepening concern that too few children experience the natural world first-hand, member Erin Burke said.

"Many parents want to share the natural world with their child but don't know where to go, what to see and what it is they're seeing," Burke said in a recent e-mail announcing the series.

"WOW provides guides who point out, explain and teach, giving parents the resources and confidence to build on these experiences in the future."

WOW had a booth at Saturday's Davidson Farmer's Market where children made ornaments out of pine cones and other items from nature.

On Jan. 8, families can see snakes and frogs brought to the WOW booth by Davidson College's herpetology lab staff. WOW plans to continue offering free activities at the booth every second and fourth Saturday, Burke said.

From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4, WOW will host a "Where is the Great Dog?" winter stargazing session at Fisher Farm Park. Members of the Charlotte Astronomy Club will have astronomers and telescopes on hand.

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