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Planning board takes up changes to Alexander Farm plan May 16

May 4. The Planning Board will hold a special meeting on Monday, May 16 to consider a recommendation on a proposed amendment to the previously approved rezoning plan for the Alexander Farm. The amendment proposes an increase in the number of senior apartments from 130 to 143 units, as well as the plan to preserve […]


Cornelius developer plans huge mixed-use project in Iredell

April 27. By Erica Batten. A Lake Norman developer that has transformed more than 120 acres in Sherrills Ford has now set its sights on Barium Springs in what could be the largest planned development in the Lake Norman region. Cornelius-based Prestige Corporate Development has acquired approximately 800 acres in a deal with Children’s Hope […]


Building boom. Or bust? Major projects face obstacles

April 22. By Dave Vieser. During 2021, the Cornelius Town Board approved rezoning for 1,442 residential units. While growth in Cornelius is inevitable, the numbers are still astonishing. Politically, the volume of residential units approved turned out to be problematic. Indeed, four of the five Town Board incumbents were not reelected; development was a major […]

Alexander Farm / Photo by Jason Benavides

Alexander Farm project: First you Z it…then you don’t

April 13. By Dave Vieser. For those who recently saw the public hearing “Z” signs posted on the Alexander Farm development site—only to be removed a few days later—here’s the scoop. The signs were posted last month when Florida-based WIN Development appealed a decision by the town which wouldn’t permit them to build more senior […]

Highest and best use: Burned to the ground on purpose

April 7. The chimney is about all that’s left of a ranch home on West Catawba Avenue across from the Westmoreland neighborhood. It was a controlled fire set by Cornelius Lemley Volunteer Fire Dept. for training purposes. The home is in the middle of an exceptional nine-acre parcel assembled by Group Three Holdings in Greenwich […]

Sharecropper/tenant house / Photo by Jason Benavides

Tenant house: It really is saved, but it won’t move to a town park

April 6. By Dave Yochum. As of April 5, Preserve Mecklenburg says they “can now see a way to preserve the tenant house” on the Alexander Farm property which will soon become a large mixed-use development. It all came down to the wire with the developer at odds with the Town of Cornelius over where […]

Sharecropper/tenant house / Photo by Jason Benavides

No place for home: Historic tenant house has no place to go

March 14. By Dave Yochum. It turns out there’s a glitch in the efforts to save the tenant house on the Alexander Farm at the corner of Westmoreland and West Catawba. The town may have identified a permanent site, but it won’t be ready any time soon. Meanwhile, an April 12 demolition deadline is looming. […]


Does Fido need a break from you?

March 4. It looks like a PetSuites pet resort may be coming to Cornelius. The national company is looking at property behind a planned convenience store at Nantz and West Catawba, according to town officials. Doggone luxurious PetSuites is known for “canine suites” and “cat condos,” according to the company’s website. Options include the Canine […]

Photo by Jason Benavides

Will a ‘growth management committee’ dilute the new Town Board?

Feb.8. By Dave Vieser. The formation of a Growth Management Committee to oversee the development of the new town draft Land Use Plan led some members of the Cornelius Town Board and Mayor Woody Washam in opposite directions during their meeting last night. However, after a lengthy discussion, the board and Mayor agreed to move […]

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Spa treatment may be coming to Hickory Street downtown

Feb. 3. Dave Vieser. Charlotte-based Godspeed developers is planning a two-story building on vacant land at 21405 Hickory St. adjacent to downtown Cornelius. The structure will house a spa on the first floor and an apartment on the second level. . The project will not require rezoning, according to senior town planner Aaron Tucker. “It […]