Lake Norman & Mooresville

Hearing on center is Monday

A proposed community sailing and rowing center at Blythe Landing Park on Lake Norman could get a crucial go-ahead on Monday when Cornelius town commissioners consider a permit for the 24-acre project.

A public hearing on the proposal by the nonprofit N.C. Community Sailing will be held Monday night. Commissioners could vote after the hearing on whether to issue a conditional-use permit to allow the project, a joint effort with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation.

The hearing will be at 7 p.m. at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.

If approved, the center could open by next summer, Jordan Cook of the Cornelius Planning Department said.

N.C. Community Sailing aims to teach sailing and rowing to youth and adults, and to provide affordable, accessible and safe sailing and rowing opportunities. The group also promotes sailing and rowing as competitive sports.

The group has estimated that the center will need $325,000 to open and is raising that money through private donations.

The center is expected to have 30 small and medium-sized boats for public use. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation has applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for seven more boat slips on the current dock at Blythe Landing.

Greg Jackson, head of county park operations, has said he doesn't expect the proposed dock to extend farther than 120 feet, because that would require special FERC permission.