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Sefton Park: Apartments, offices/retail, hotel/conference center are planned

Proposed Sefton Park development outlined in red

March 2. By Dave Vieser. No one commented during the first public hearing on the one of the largest mixed-use developments ever proposed for Cornelius—the Sefton Park mixed-use development between Sefton Park Road and West Catawba—but former Town Commissioner Dave Gilroy weighed in soon after.

Former Commissioner Gilroy plans to run again this year

“This proposal needs reasonable balance, not an insane amount of high-density residential and a near meaningless amount of commercial,” Gilroy said in an email. “This is not ‘mixed-use,’ but rather ‘skewed-use,’ and skewed in the worst direction for Cornelius’s long-term quality of life.”

Shaw Resources

South Carolina-based Shaw Resources is proposing 344 multi-family units, commercial space and a hotel site/conference center on 10 acres of property that has been an eyesore for years.

The apartments are opposite the CATS transit station which development principals Jack Shaw and Don Shaw hope will be a natural connection for commuters into Charlotte.

The property was stubbed in years ago with streets that are now overgrown and in disrepair.

An additional lot which is part of the proposal is located on the southeast corner of Sefton Park and One Norman Blvd, adjacent to the CATS facility.

The proposed development includes 7,800 square feet of commercial space. Additional public comment sessions will be held before the Planning Board and again at the Town Board on dates to be announced.


In other action, the commissioners:

—Unanimously adopted a resolution in support of the Cornelius Community Housing Opportunities – “Fostering Affordability”report which was released in February. The board members, in their resolution, urged the town to pursue all available resources to implement the plan’s recommendations and strategies.

—Named Justin Dionne to replace Andrew Durstewitz as a member at-large of the Visit Lake Norman Board of Directors and to serve the remaining 2021 term.

—Approved a $727,918 contract for the purchase of a new Seagrave Pumper Engine for the Cornelius/Lemley Fire Department. The apparatus will be delivered within 440 days of the signed engineering drawings.

—Accepted four streets for Town maintenance in the Courtyards at Lake Norman subdivision: Courtside Landing Drive, Courtside Cove Lane, Coastal Crossing Drive and Lakeside Loop Lane