Davidson Day eyes second campus

Davidson Day School is considering opening a second campus on a 173-acre, bank-owned tract between Faith and Mackwood roads that had been scheduled for a 327-home development.

At its Oct. 3 regular meeting, the Mooresville Board of Commissioners is scheduled to hold a public hearing and consider approving a rezoning that would allow for the school.

Davidson Day has long planned to expand, and the Mooresville site is among several locations the school is considering for an additional campus to handle ongoing and future enrollment growth, said Karen Wolter, chairman of the school's Board of Trustees.

"Right now, we are reviewing all our options and doing our due diligence," Wolter said in an email reply to the Observer. "No matter where we choose to expand, our Jetton Street campus will remain an integral part of our school. And whenever new land is acquired, the school will work cooperatively through the planning process with the appropriate local government."

Mooresville commissioner Chris Carney raised concerns about the traffic impact on N.C. 115, just east of the bank-owned tract. He's concerned about the combined impact with Pine Lake Preparatory School and Mount Mourne I.B. World School on 115.

"Short of four-laning 115 to Davidson, I'm not sure they're going to be able to offset the traffic," Carney said at a Sept. 2 commissioners meeting.

Even if the board changed the zoning for Davidson Day, however, the school would still have to do a traffic analysis, Mooresville Senior Planner Craig Culberson told the board. Such studies detail measures the owner will take to lessen traffic impact from its project.

The land had originally been rezoned for developer Frank Jacobus' Stafford subdivision. The poor economy derailed his plans, and BB&T Bank now owns the land.


Vocational school planned for developmentally disabled

M & M of the Carolinas Inc. plans to open a vocational-technical school for people with disabilities in the South Iredell Industrial Park off Mazeppa Road .

The Mooresville Board of Commissioners voted unanimously last week to approve a permit allowing the school to open in part of an existing building at 163 McKenzie Road in the park.

M & M, whose corporate office is in Statesville, has provided residential and other services for eight years to Iredell County residents who have developmental disabilities, including 36 at present, said Lanie Craven, M & M's community outreach liaison.

Craven said it will take four to six months for licensing approvals before the school will open.

Work starts on water tank

The city has begun building its eighth water tank, a 77-foot-tall tower off Rock Hill Church Road.

When completed in March, the tank will be able to hold 2 million gallons of potable water to meet demand and emergency needs for up to 15 years, city officials said.

Langtree hires local firm for site work

The developers of the planned billion-dollar Langtree at the Lake mixed-use community on Lake Norman, at Interstate 77 Exit 31, recently awarded a multi-million dollar contract to a Mooresville construction firm to do the site work for its 57-acre first phase, The Landings at Langtree.

The work is expected to take low-bidder Hunter Construction Co. about four months, then construction of the first buildings will begin, Langtree Development Co. announced.

Langtree says on its website that it will release further details soon of what it will build in the first phase. Images on the site show buildings with first-floor retail shops and condo floors above.