Mooresville to vote on senior community

The Mooresville Board of Commissioners is expected to rule Monday on whether a Charlotte developer can proceed with plans for a senior living community in one of Mooresville's largest developments, Morrison Plantation.

Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Carolina Income Management Group LLC's request for a conditional rezoning to allow for the project. The hearing will be at the commissioners' regular meeting at town hall, 413 N. Main St. The board could vote on the request that night.

On Dec. 9, the Mooresville Planning Board voted 6-0 to recommend the commissioners reject Carolina Income's request.

In making the motion to deny the request, Planning Board member John Robertson said the project was too large to be in a subdivision.

The board voted after developer Ed Kale and 17 Morrison Plantation residents spoke. All of the residents said they opposed the developer's plans, which call for an eventual 150 independent-living apartments, 100 assisted-living units, 40 skilled-care/Alzheimer's units and 51 single-family "cottage" homes of 1,200 to 1,500 square feet.

The developer's initial phase calls for 100 apartments and the 51 cottages, said Craig Culberson, Mooresville land development senior planner.

The senior living community would bring more ambulances, delivery trucks and cars onto the subdivision's narrow streets, and residents said they were concerned for the safety of their children.

They also said it would be dangerous for Alzheimer's patients to live so close to Lake Norman.

Some also told the board they didn't trust the developer after failed promises on such issues as the condition of its streets.

Because Morrison Plantation's roads weren't up to town standards, Mooresville in 2008 threatened to pull Carolina Income's bonds on the development, which could have crippled Carolina Income's ability to obtain future financing on projects.

Morrison Plantation finally brought many of its residential streets up to town standards by April 2009, ending nearly a decade of delay.

Morrison Plantation resident J.R. Bush told the Planning Board on Dec. 9 that he still isn't pleased with the condition of some streets in the development. "Our streets look like a patchwork quilt," he told the board.