Carillon plans facility

A Raleigh-based chain of assisted living centers plans to build a 96-bed center on East Waterlynn Road, which connects N.C. 115 and U.S. 21 north of Interstate 77 Exit 33.

Carillon Assisted Living operates centers in 14 N.C. communities, including one on Roberta Road in Harrisburg and another on N.C. 150 in Salisbury. A 15th center is under construction in Durham.

The Mooresville Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 on Carillon's request for a conditional use permit to allow for its planned center on 6.5 acres on East Waterlynn. The hearing will be at town hall, 413 N. Main St., during the board's regular meeting.

Carillon centers offer 24-hour supervised care and have licensed nurses on staff, according to the company's website,

The centers schedule a full daily program of activities and offer such amenities as resident rooms with bay windows and full private baths; a parlor with a fireplace; wraparound porches with rockers; a private dining room for special occasions; sunrooms; a spa with a whirlpool bath; a beauty salon; resident gardens and walking and exercise paths.

The centers have media and game rooms, 24-hour security with fully monitored and alarmed entrances; a 24-hour emergency call and care tracking system; and lockable resident room doors.

Rosetta Crosby, 63, who lives on East Waterlynn across from the site, said she supports assisted living centers. But, she said, it's already dangerous backing out of her driveway onto the less-than-mile-long, 45-mph road, and she's concerned about the added traffic such a center would bring. She said she plans to express her concerns at the Dec. 5 hearing.

Bob Steenson, Carillon Assisted Living's vice president of development, said Carillon would support Crosby in her request to lower the speed limit on the state road. He said Carillon's centers generate little traffic. Of the 1,000 total residents in Carillon centers, only four have cars, he said.

Steenson said the center would have the least impact of all the potential uses allowed under the land's zoning, such as apartment complexes.

Resident: Road would endanger children

A proposal to build a road network from Doolie Road to the back of the Morrison Plantation community would endanger the several hundred children who live in the large Lake Norman subdivision, a Morrison Plantation homeowner said.

Sherry Arenella , a mother of three, said she was alarmed to read about a proposal in the Nov. 20 Red Dirt Alert column to build the road network from Doolie to the end of two-lane, divided Plantation Ridge Drive in Morrison Plantation, one of Mooresville's largest subdivisions.

The state should instead widen N.C. 150, Arenella said.

"This is a subdivision with at least 300 kids in it," she said. "This is a residential neighborhood. ...What (this road) would do is mindboggling."

In a recent letter to the Observer and other local newspapers, retired General Electric manager Bill Nagel said plans should be revived for a two-lane road that would travel east from Doolie to Morrison Plantation.

Public safety is at issue, he said. N.C. 150 traffic backs up at least 2 1/2 miles west from the light at Doolie Road many mornings and afternoons, which raises concerns about safely evacuating in an emergency, he said.

Agency funds Hope House energy improvements

The N.C. Housing Finance Agency funded $45,000 in improvements to the heating and air-conditioning systems and insulation at Hope House, a home for Lake Norman area women and their children who are temporarily homeless.

"We could not have imagined this gift in our wildest dreams," Hope House Executive Director Fran Mathay told a gathering at the home on Northcross Drive last week. Guests included N.C. Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, R-Cornelius, and members of the boards of directors of the Hope House Foundation and N.C. Housing Finance Agency.

The Raleigh-based housing agency is a self-supporting public agency that has financed at least 201,000 affordable homes and apartments across the state since its creation by the General Assembly in 1973. It also assists homeless shelters, homes for battered women and homes for people with developmental disabilities.

The agency funded the Hope House improvements in memory of William "Bill" Lackey Jr. of Cornelius, who served on its board of directors until his death last year. Lackey's wife, Barbara, was on hand for last week's ceremony, which included the unveiling of an "international" clock on a wall of the home. The clock shows the time in several cities of the world that were special to the Lackeys, including Hawaii, where they were married.