Lake Norman & Mooresville

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Have your say about Discovery Place Kids project

Town commissioner Charles Jeter will host a town hall-style meeting Thursday to discuss the Discovery Place Kids project for downtown Huntersville.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the Chamber Room of Huntersville Town Hall, 101 Huntersville-Concord Road.

Jeter said he wants to hear how residents feel about the project because he would likely be the deciding vote on the board if commissioners vote on the project again. Two commissioners favor the $18.7 million project, and two commissioners oppose it. The project was previously approved, but Jeter believes the two opponents will call for another vote.

At issue is a proposed three-story building that would house Discovery Place Kids on the first two floors and town offices on the third floor. A private developer plans to construct a building in tandem with the project. That second building would include space for retail shops.

A clause in the town's lease with Discovery Place Kids allows the town to pull out if the private development partner isn't “substantially under construction by Oct. 1,” which it won't be, Jeter said.

If Discovery Place Kids continues moving forward, it could take town money from such capital projects as road improvements, Jeter said. If commissioners vote against the project, the town could open itself to lawsuits from the private developer, Discovery Place and other parties, he said.

“This is a very important issue for Huntersville residents and one that cannot be taken lightly,” Jeter said. “The Town Board has made several votes on this issue, but it appears we have one last opportunity to decide whether or not this project should be built.

“In gathering information to make my decision, the most important factor is the wishes of the residents of Huntersville,” he said.

Jeter can be reached at 704-400-8031 (phone), 704-399-9857 (fax), and (e-mail).

Kaneel Bay recommended for approval

The Cornelius Planning Board unanimously agreed last week to recommend that the town board approve plans for a 12-lot Lake Norman subdivision called Kaneel Bay.

The 17-acre development will have minimum lot sizes of three-quarters of an acre. It will be on the west side of Norman Colony Road, the east side of Walter Henderson Road and north of the Madison Village subdivision. The developer is Cornelius-based Orchard Trace LLC/Silver Hammer Inc.

Lots will cost $750,000 to $900,000, and each can have a private pier, Lawrence Mashburn of Silver Hammer said. Homes will cost at least $1.8 million, he said. Silver Hammer also built in the ShadowCreek community on Knox Road.

Kaneel Bay is named after a resort on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mashburn said.

The town board, which has final say on approving the subdivision, has scheduled an Oct. 6 public hearing on the request.

Boards to consider Bailey Forest community

Developers of the proposed 64-acre Bailey Forest subdivision anticipate seeking approval of their plans from the Cornelius Planning Board and Cornelius Board of Commissioners in October.

Bailey Forest will include custom homes on 57 lots, off a mile-long Bailey Road Extension that Cornelius developer Bluestream Partners LLC plans to build.

Bluestream expects to begin work on the two-lane road later this month, since plans for the road have been approved by the state Department of Transportation. The road is expected to open in March, developers told residents at a community meeting last week.

Bailey Forest will have nearly 6 acres of open space, far beyond the 2.6 acres required by the town, the developers said. A multi-purpose, 10-foot-wide paved pathway will allow for walking, jogging and bicycle riding.

A tributary of a branch of the Rocky River flows through the site.

The development would be near a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools high school that is scheduled to open in 2010.

Lots will cost $125,000 to $250,000. Homes will cost $550,000 to at least $1 million. Ranch homes will be 3,000 to 3,500 square feet and two-story homes will be about 4,000 square feet. Lots will go on sale next year.

The Planning Board is expected to consider the plans on Oct. 13. Town commissioners, who have the final say, could hold a public hearing and consider approving the development on Oct. 20.

Grading under way for learning center

Grading is under way for a 10,000-square-foot Primrose School on Jetton Road Extension.

The educational child care center is expected to open by year's end, spokeswoman Monica Rutkowski said. Primrose Schools has about 180 centers nationwide, including in Mooresville.