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Community meeting for new development project is June 26

Rendering of Lightbridge Academy

June 25. By Dave Vieser. Should zoning be changed to permit an early childcare center and preschool to be built on a vacant plot at the intersection of West Catawba and Edinburgh Square Drive? Residents will have the opportunity to make their feelings known at a community meeting set for 6 pm Wednesday June 26 at Cornelius Town Hall.

First Hartford Realty Co. of Manchester, CT has applied to the town for a rezoning which would permit them to build and operate Lightbridge Academy at that site. The 1.32 acre property is currently zoned village center, which would permit commercial/office buildings.

County tax records show the owner of the Lightbridge property to be “FC on WC LLC” with a Cornelius Post Office address. The assessed value is currently $833,000 with annual property taxes of $5,382.

Cornelius based Irvin Law Firm is representing First Hartford Realty.

In their application to the town, Steve Irvin states that “the current zoning at that site would permit two commercial buildings with 93 parking spaces, while the school application calls for one building with 45 spaces.”

What is the rezoning process meeting schedule?

The community meeting is a required step when an applicant seeks conditional zoning in Cornelius. A report including comments from those attending the meeting will accompany the application as it is processed by the town. The next step after the community meeting will be on Monday July 15 when the proposal will be informally presented to the Town Board. No decisions will be made that evening, as it it must still go before the Planning Board, and then back to the Town Board for a final decision. Comments from the public are permitted and encouraged at all of these meetings.