Developer to delay, modify retirement community plans

Facing stiff public opposition and a chance that its plans for a retirement community would be voted down, Morrison Plantation's developer canceled its appearance at a public hearing before the Mooresville Board of Commissioners last week.

Commissioners had scheduled the hearing on Charlotte-based Carolina Income Management Group LLC's request for a rezoning for the project.

Plans 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.

Morrison Plantation residents said the project was too large for their subdivision and its narrow streets. On Dec. 9, the Mooresville Planning Board voted 6-0 to recommend that the commissioners reject Carolina Income's request.

Developer Ed Kale of Carolina Income told the town planning staff that his company backed out of last week's hearing so it could modify its request, Mooresville Senior Planner Craig Culberson said. Kale offered the town no specifics, Culberson said.

Efforts by the Observer to reach Kale last week were unsuccessful.

Had commissioners rejected the rezoning, the developer would have had to wait a year before being allowed to bring the request back for consideration, former commissioner Frank Radar said. Modifying the plan lets it come back sooner, Radar said.

Kannapolis launches econ development website

The city has launched, a website dedicated entirely to economic development.

Highlights of the site:

"Kannapolis Development Guide," a 12-page online magazine profiling key sectors and companies in the business community, including workforce data, demographics and information about incentive programs and the city's quality of life.

"Premier Sites," which spotlights top locations for firms moving to or expanding in Kannapolis and the rest of the Charlotte region.

"Photo and Video Gallery," which takes visitors inside the labs of the North Carolina Research Campus and one of the largest distribution facilities in the region, among other offerings.

"Headlines," which offers information about new projects, newly available land and new incentives.

For details about the website or economic development opportunities in Kannapolis, contact Irene Sacks at

Check out new lizard logo along greenway loop

The Concord Parks and Recreation Department has marked quarter-mile intervals along the four-mile Concord Downtown Greenway Loop with a red lizard logo stenciled onto the sidewalk.

See the latest marked interval on the sidewalk in front of the Cabarrus County Courthouse, 77 Union St. S., and pick up a Downtown Greenway Loop map at the Concord Downtown Development Corp. office, 30 Cabarrus Ave. West.

CATS considering new options for transit stop

The town staff intends to begin work this month with the Charlotte Area Transit System and CATS consultant HDR on a study to determine whether a proposed commuter rail station on the CATS North (Red) line can be moved farther south to near N.C. 115 and Langtree Road, Mooresville Transportation Director Neil Burke said.

The outcome of the "feasibility analysis" will determine whether the proposed site near the Lowe's Companies Inc. national headquarters, off Interstate 77 Exit 33, is still best for the station or whether it should be moved to the area of N.C. 115 and Langtree Road, Burke said. The town plans eventually to build an east-west connector road in that area.

The study was included in CATS' 2010 work plan and was approved at the Oct. 27 Red Line Task Force Meeting at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center, Burke said.