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Mayes Meadow: A decision could come May 17

Rendering of Mayes Meadow. (Bayard Development)

May 4. By Dave Vieser. The last time the Cornelius Town Board conducted a public hearing on the Mayes Meadow project, which consists of 160 homes to be built on vacant farmland, it was followed by negative comments as well as a recommendation for denial by the Planning Board.

Last night the project was up for its second hearing, still carrying a recommendation of denial from town planners. However, the town’s land use plan has recently been updated and the applicant, Bayard Simonini LLC, felt it was worth taking a chance.

Whether that was wise won’t be known until May 17 when a Town Board decision may be announced, but the public comments Monday were few.

Concerns expressed

Following a 40-minute presentation by the developer, Mayes Road resident James Spencer expressed concerns about the closeness of the proposed homes.

Justin Bossert, via email, suggested that the town’s traffic studies need to consider cumulative impacts of all the development projects in town, not just project by project.

Appearing in person, David Sayers again expressed concern about the Hwy. 115/Mayes Road intersection which he described as “treacherous.”

Mayes Road project site plan

Finally, in response to a question from Commissioner Jim Duke, the applicant’s spokesman Ken Holbrook said he could not guarantee that Simonini would ultimately be the builder.

Next step could be a May 17 decision by the town board.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the commissioners:

—Conducted the first public hearing on Atrium Medical’s plans for a 25,000 square foot medical office building on the southern edge of what was once known as the Augustlee property off of Statesville Road/Highway 21.The two story structure would be located northwest of the yet to be built Bailey Road extension intersection with Highway 21.

The Initial reaction was generally favorable. “I appreciate Atrium’s continued interest in Cornelius as they pursue their statement of need for a new hospital,” said Commissioner Denis Bilodeau.

DENIS BILODEAU

Two years ago, Atrium Health filed an initial application with the state to build a 30-bed acute care hospital in North Mecklenburg. The facility, which would have been located further north and west of the new office building, would have included two operating rooms. That application was initially denied by the state but Atrium has appealed that decision.

—Approved a $1.58 million financing agreement with Bank of America for new lighting and to refinance turf replacement at Bailey Road Park, and to purchase a new utility bucket truck for Electricities.

Discussion

4 Responses to “Mayes Meadow: A decision could come May 17”

  1. I hope the Town Board listens to the Planning Board in regards to Mayes Road development.
    I have been recommending a comprehensive traffic study for years, considering all the development projects.
    With the delay of most of the NCDOT projects in the area, why can’t we have a moratorium on developement until we straighten out the traffic congestion?

    Posted by James Simpson | May 4, 2021, 2:17 pm
  2. I am part of the development team of Mayes Meadow and I would like to point out a few mistakes in the article for the benefit of the readers. First of all, and significant mistake, “town planners” gave a positive recommendation. See the report prepared by town planning staff available on the town website. Secondly, after the planning commmission voted against at their meeting under the old land use plan they spent a few minutes discussing how much they liked the plan but could not vote for it due to the existing land use plan. Go back and listen to that meeting on town website and you can hear that discussion. Since the land use plan has now been amended the plan is actually lower density than the new land use plan allows. Finally, Mr. Holbrooks stated that Simonini Homes absolutely would be a builder in the community but stated there might be a second comparable builder as well. That is a totally different response to Mr. Duke’s question than the article indicates. I appreciate the opportunity to correct mistakes in the article. I typically do not point out things but these seem too misleading to overlook. Thank you.

    Posted by Tim Coey | May 5, 2021, 9:18 am
    • Reporter Dave Vieser responds:
      ”In the first paragraph of the article, it was clearly stated that the recommendation of denial was done by the planning board, not Town planners. It is the planning board which renders decisions, not Town staff, and they are frequently referred to as planners. Regarding who will build the project, a question raised by Commissioner Jim Duke, the applicant said: “Simonini is definitely a partner with this project but they may choose to have someone else to be a builder..that hasn’t been decided yet as we are not up to that point in the decision making process.” Commissioner James Duke confirmed this response and said it felt like the speaker “danced around the issue.”

      Posted by Newsroom | May 5, 2021, 1:51 pm
    • Of course, no one is addressing the overall issue of local or NCDOT planning for eleviating traffic congestion with these varied and many developments.

      Posted by James | May 5, 2021, 8:01 pm

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