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Public hearing Dec. 7 on Palillo project on W. Catawba

Dec. 2. By Dave Vieser. A proposal to build 252-unit apartment project along with commercial buildings near the intersection of West Catawba Avenue and Junker Drive—around where White House Gardens is now—will be the subject of a public hearing on Monday Dec. 7 at 6 pm. The same proposal generated strong opposition from local residents during a virtual community meeting in November.

The plan has been submitted by Palillo Holdings LLC to develop 12.2 acres between Harbor View Drive and Junker. The plan, which calls for 4,865 square feet of commercial space, is in the Lake Norman Watershed Critical Area, and the builder is requesting a change to Conditional Zoning from Village Center.

Virtual shouting match

The community meeting Nov. 18 digressed into a shouting match between the developer and residents. Attempts were made to lower the volume as the meeting progressed but the lack of face-to-face conversation seemed to doom any real success.

Palillo turned down a request from Cornelius Today for an interview.

COVID procedures

The Dec. 7 public hearing will be conducted at Town Hall on Catawba Avenue.

Residents wishing to speak can sign up at Town Hall that evening, but due to COVID-19 regulations, mask usage and social distancing will be required. Comments may also be made online by accessing the town web site at www.cornelius.org.

Online comments will be incorporated into the formal public hearing record.

No decision will be made on the proposal Dec. 7. A public hearing before the Planning Board and a second Town Board Hearing must be held before any final decision is made.


10 Responses to “Public hearing Dec. 7 on Palillo project on W. Catawba”

  1. I am against another apartment complex and a five story building, the area is being over populated and over whelming the infrastructure that presently exists. The structure will add nothing to benefit the community, let alone the impact on residences that already exist, do we have to purchase air space to keep the views that exist. Previously there was a request to limit the development of more apartment complexes due to the strain it puts on the community, that should be upheld.
    My request is for the members of the the committee to VOTE NO regarding these plans.

    Posted by Michael Robert Youron | December 2, 2020, 2:23 pm
  2. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “SPAM”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “123@” in “author_email” *]
    There are several reasons people choose to live in a suburb to a large city: 1) peace and quiet living in a peaceful relaxing setting in this case by a lake with pretty scenery; 2) low traffic and an ability to get around that suburb easily and quickly; and 3) easy access to and from the suburb to the city and its airport.
    Cornelius used to be this suburb until the last few years with the MANIC construction of commercial buildings, single family residences, condos, town homes and apartments and a whole section of Catawba dedicated to fast food restaurants and a supermarket without improving the infrastructure. This so called “progress” has resulted in major increased traffic.
    With this planned 252-apartment complex and commercial buildings planned for West Catawba, the traffic congestion that will ensue will become more unbearable and frustrating than it already is.
    The Cornelius decision makers need to put a brake on this kind of development for the above reasons. If they don’t, I predict a mass exodus of existing Cornelius residents to other areas taking the town’s tax revenue with them and giving Cornelius the reputation of being a terrible place to live.

    Posted by Anne Genske | December 2, 2020, 2:27 pm
  3. Those of you newly elected promised no more building until the roads get fixed. Let this happen and you will be banished forever.

    Posted by Tom McCune | December 2, 2020, 3:29 pm
  4. Any new development along I77 corridor should include an assessment to be used to buy out the Toll Lanes.

    Posted by Eco_Turbo | December 2, 2020, 5:53 pm
  5. The schools are already in expansion trailers and traffic on Catawba is gridlocked. The last thing we need is more dense housing in Cornelius. Please vote no.

    Posted by Dale Iverson | December 2, 2020, 9:46 pm
  6. Between the ridiculous amount if children jam packed into the schools and the horrendous traffic, this town is becoming unbearable! Why can the town officials not see past their pockets and do what is right for the community and the future of the town?!

    STOP DEVELOPING! MAKE THE HIGHWAY SAFER-get rid of the divider/no toll lanes!

    Posted by Trisha | December 3, 2020, 11:08 am
  7. I am an owner in Lake Norman Cove at Jetton Community. The proposed Palillo project will be an encroachment onto our privately owned roads which we pay for and maintain. The project itself is an apt. rental project consisting of 252 low quality cheap construction which will diminish the value of our privately owned townhomes. Traffic wise it will place a potential 400 addl vehicles on the rd. Clearly a major safety issue since the current infrastructure cannot handle the existing traffic. Also included is a Pub to be built which will present a Nuisance to our community with drinking, noise and addl. vehicular traffic and parking problems.

    Posted by Patricia Grisanti | December 3, 2020, 12:25 pm
  8. I am opposed to more apartment buildings and commercial property being expanded in Cornelius. This is a small lake community with way too many building projects going on already. The expansion of more multi family units will only burden our city further. Please do not approve this!!!

    Posted by Lisa | December 5, 2020, 7:47 pm

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