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Plans for hotel, apartments come before Town Board tonight

Sept. 20. By Dave Vieser. The Cornelius Town Board will conduct the final public hearing on the Sefton Park mixed-use development this evening.

South Carolina-based Shaw Resources is planning a hotel and conference center as well as 344 multi-family units on 10 acres of property between West Catawba and Sefton Park Road.

The property, opposite the CATS bus station, has been an eyesore for years. The property was stubbed in years ago with streets that are now overgrown and in disrepair.

Transit is key

Development principals Jack Shaw and Don Shaw are counting on the CATS station to appeal to commuters traveling into Charlotte.

An additional lot which is vacant is also part of the proposal. It’s located on the southeast corner of Sefton Park and One Norman, adjacent to the CATS property.


The proposed development also includes 7,800 square feet of commercial space.

Unlike the previous hearings on the Caroline and Greenway Gartens projects, where the required Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) was completed only a few days before the hearing, the TIA for this project was done in May.

Improvements recommended in the TIA:

—West Catawba Avenue and Jetton Road: Extend the westbound left turn lane along Jetton Road to provide a minimum of 100 feet storage.

—West Catawba Avenue and One Norman Boulevard: Extend the northbound shared lane for through and right turns to a minimum of 100 feet.

—One Norman Boulevard and Access 1: Construct a single westbound egress and ingress lane.

—Sefton Park Road and Emporia Street: Provide a single southbound egress and ingress lane along the reconstructed approach of Emporia Street.


How to attend

The hearing Monday begins at 5 pm in Town Hall on Catawba Avenue. The commissioners may make a decision on Monday following the hearing.

The meeting will also be streamed live on the town website www.cornelius.org. Access the link “watch meetings online.”

Renderings submitted to the town by developers Jack Shaw and Don Shaw.