Four-story building proposed for senior living

A national developer of senior housing communities plans to construct a four-story building with 115 retirement suites on undeveloped land at the southern end of Peninsula Drive.

Learn more about the project and offer your thoughts at a public charrette on Wednesday and Thursday.

A charrette is a planning session where residents help create a vision for what a proposed development should include and how it should be designed to fit in with the rest of the community.

The undeveloped site is commonly referred to as "The Pinnacle," Davidson planner Ben McCrary said in a news release announcing the charrette.

Peninsula Drive is off Davidson Gateway Drive and Griffith Street, in the Gambles Creek section of Lake Norman.

Hawthorn Retirement Group, based in Vancouver, Wash., owns the Davidson site. The company has developed senior living communities in 13 states, three Canadian provinces and the United Kingdom. It has senior-living communities in Salisbury, Greensboro and Southern Pines.

Hawthorn partners with Oregon-based Lenity Group LLC, which helps plan, develop and design such projects.

Davidson town officials and representatives from Lenity Group will host this week's charrette at Town Hall, 216 S. Main St.

Hawthorn submitted a conditional planning area master plan application to the town for the Peninsula Drive site, McCrary said. The public has input during several stages of developing such a plan, most critically during the initial charrette, he said.

The charrette will include a site visit at 9 a.m. Wednesday, a public question-and-answer session at 3 p.m. Wednesday at town hall and other sessions at 1 and 7 p.m. Thursday at town hall.

Details: McCrary at 704-892-7592;

Catawba County adopts Carolina Thread Trail plan

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners recently adopted a master plan that will guide development of the Carolina Thread Trail in the county. The master plan is the outcome of a year-long public effort led by a local steering committee.

Catawba County is the ninth county in a 15-county region to adopt a master plan for the trail, bringing the total length of planned trails throughout the region to 1,000 miles. The plans provide a long-term vision for developing trails and greenways in the counties.

Mooresville to consider spray park contribution

The Mooresville Board of Commissioners on Monday will consider a request from Lowe's YMCA for the town to contribute $15,000 toward a well to provide water for a future spray park.

The well would eliminate the need for the park to comply with town water restrictions, Assistant Town Manager Erskine Smith said. The well would also provide irrigation to YMCA landscaping and fields, he said.

The estimated cost of the well is $25,755. The town's $15,000 expenditure would come from the fiscal year 2010-11 recreation general fund, Smith said.

The spray park is the next phase of Hope Park, a 20,000-square-foot, motorsports-themed playground for all Lake Norman-area families. Hundreds of volunteers built Hope Park in March outside the YMCA.

Stormwater culvert work begins Monday

The city's stormwater department will replace the stormwater culvert near the intersection of Georgia Street and Young Avenue from Monday through March 4.

Local traffic to homes and businesses will retain access to driveways.

Motorists traveling through the area should follow the posted detour route of Young Avenue, Crowell Drive, Princess Avenue and then back onto Georgia Street.

After work on Georgia Street is complete, crews will extend the culvert on Young Avenue. Crews hope to complete the Young Avenue work with only a one-lane closure, city officials said.