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Davidson casts wary eye on new developments in Cornelius

Caroline project near Antiquity Bridge on South Street

Sept. 9. By Dave Vieser. The Cornelius Town Board’s approval of the Greenway Gartens and Caroline projects is not sitting well with everyone in Davidson.

“This is not a good scenario,” said Rusty Knox, the mayor of Davidson. “There are still too many unanswered questions, not only for Davidson residents, but Cornelius residents as well. That’s a lot of development packed into a small area.”

Mayor Knox

650 residential units

The rezoning will permit the construction of 650 residential units, plus an Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB) and commercial buildings, just west of South Street where Davidson K-8 is located.

“While the Davidson Town Board has little if any recourse over a decision being made by our colleagues in Cornelius, I also agree with the sentiments that OMB doesn’t need so many high-density units to make their business beyond successful in North Mecklenburg,” said Davidson Commissioner Jane Campbell.

The projects, which are bound at the hip by a new connection from South Street to Zion Avenue, were approved unanimously by the Cornelius Town Board on Tuesday night.

Commissioner Campbell

School safety

Davidson resident Marion Sekerak spoke at the meeting as well.

“I ask you to come to South Street in Davidson between 3 pm and 4 pm on a weekday afternoon,” she said. “You’ll see 250 kids crossing the street. Once you see this, I would ask you to consider how the added traffic from these projects isn’t going to be a safety issue.”

She also expressed concerns about blind curves in the vicinity of the entrance to the greenway and added traffic from the Davidson Town Hall/Town Center which will be located farther north on South Street. The former school is in the process of renovation for its new use.

A process, with compromise

The two projects already had full approval from the Planning Board and from town staff.

Cornelius Mayor Pro Tem Denis Bilodeau said “hours of debate and compromise” went into the final product after  board members listened to concerns from residents.

Lake Norman Chamber leaders Bill Russell, CEO, and Jeff Tarte, public policy vice chair, spoke out in favor of the two projects, as well as Carroll Gray, the retired CEO of the Charlotte Chamber.

The projects will help provide rooftops for retail in Antiquity as well as the arts district that will surround the Cain Center for the Arts.

The developers

Northwood Ravin is working with The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery on Greenway Gartens, while Proffitt Dixon Partners is developing Caroline. The two projects have 34,000 square feet of commercial space.

 

Discussion

3 Responses to “Davidson casts wary eye on new developments in Cornelius”

  1. Is there a plan to increase the road capacity, add lights, etc.? Maybe, I am just used to different jurisdictions, but when a project of this scope is dropped into a residential neighborhood, I would expect the developers to cover or have a plan to address the traffic flow and road improvement requirements?

    Posted by Dirk Tischer | September 10, 2021, 1:15 pm
  2. Dirk, regarding road improvements- dare to dream. Though I did hear mention of a magical roundabout at the meeting. Anyway, to answer your question- no, nothing impactful, despite what the commissioners will have you believe. Bottom line; Highway 115 will remain one lane North and South. East Catawba will remain one lane East and West. I wonder if the commissioners realized(or cared) that they were making it quicker to walk than drive along the entire stretch of East Catawba. They did want a more walkable downtown…

    Posted by Justin Bossert | September 10, 2021, 1:42 pm
  3. Wait until the parking garage of the Cain Center goes up!!!

    Posted by James Simpson | September 12, 2021, 12:03 pm

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