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Hearing on W. Catawba apartment proposal on Monday

Cameryn Elise is the name of the proposed apartment project on West Catawba

March 5. By Dave Vieser. A mixed-use project on West Catawba will be the subject of a Cornelius Planning Board public hearing this Monday March 8 beginning at 6:30 pm. Some neighbors have spoken out against developer Jake Palillo’s plan.

Palillo is seeking rezoning to develop approximately 12.2 acres on West Catawba Avenue between Harbor View Drive and H M Junker Drive. He plans to build 252 multi-family units and approximately 4,865 square feet of commercial space on what is known as the Junker Property.

Opponents cite traffic and the failure of West Catawba Avenue to be widened on schedule as major impediments. In response, Palillo believes his project would spruce up a portion of the town which he compared to a junk yard.

Jake Palillo

Most of  the property is currently undeveloped and vacant, except for the White House Gardens facility.

How to comment

—Via Zoom – Visit www.cornelius.org and access the agenda listing. Speakers must register no later than 12PM Monday March 8 and should plan to join the meeting at 4:30 p.m. for audio/video testing.

—Via email to TownofCornelius@Cornelius.org

—In-person, with several precautions, including mandatory masks (even when speaking) and touchless temperature checks. No audience seating will be available in the Assembly Room. Speakers and guests may wait in the lobby or Community Room, with appropriate physical distancing.