A Charlotte-based developer is planning to build a large-scale residential development in the southern part of Mooresville, as the town is seeking to accommodate current and future demands for housing.
The planned development would encompass nearly 15 acres and include about 230 apartments at the intersection of Fairview Road and Lowes Boulevard, in the Mount Mourne area.
The developer, Charter Properties Inc., intends to move as soon as possible on the project, said Craig Culberson, a senior planner for the town. Construction could begin as soon as October and is expected to take at least a year and a half to complete, a company executive said.
At a public hearing earlier this month, commissioners granted the developer a conditional use permit that authorizes it to set aside one of the four parcels where development is planned, or nearly 2 acres, for a mixed-use building. The 20,000-square-foot building was requested by the town as part of its land development plan. What types of tenants it would house remains undetermined.
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As a result, the developer plans to build the apartments on the three remaining parcels that stretch over about 13 acres, thereby slightly exceeding the permitted housing density. The parcels are zoned for village center use.
The site of the planned apartments is already graded, carried out by a different developer that abandoned a plan to build there about eight years ago, Culberson noted.
In its application for the conditional use permit, Charter Properties said the planned apartments would appear “vibrant and aesthetically pleasing,” filling in unused land surrounded by businesses, a day care center and multi-family townhomes, as well as the Lake Norman Regional Medical Center and the international headquarters of the home-improvement retailer Lowe’s.
“We’ve worked very hard to be harmonious with the existing design that is there,” John Porter, senior vice president of Charter Properties, told commissioners at the Aug. 3 hearing. He said toward the southern end of the property, near the townhomes, the plan is to scale down the development to two-story apartments and carriage houses.
The planned development prompted some questions from residents.
Among them was Elaine Willeford, a mortgage banker and the chairwoman of the board of a nearby church. She expressed concerns about whether the development would affect access to the Mecklenburg Highway church, saying traffic congestion there is already an issue.
Noting that previous developments have affected the church, causing it to relocate at least once, she said, “I’m going by history …”
Under the town’s development requirements, Charter Properties conducted a traffic impact study that Porter said cost $17,000 and that concluded that it is responsible for making road improvements. Among them is extending the length of an eastbound left-turn lane at the intersection of Fairview Road and Mecklenburg Highway, or N.C. 115, and adding a westbound right-turn lane at the intersection of Fairview and Medical Park roads.
Those improvements must take place before construction is complete, Culberson said.
The planned development comes as Mooresville is putting together a comprehensive plan to expand its housing options.
Proposed by the Centralina Council of Governments regional planning organization, the initiative is meant to identify current housing needs and give the town greater control over where residential development takes place, aiming to accommodate its current population as well as prepare for anticipated growth.
Jake Flannick is a freelance writer: email@example.com