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Town Board OKs Cambridge Square project on W. Catawba

Front elevation facing Catawba

Nov. 6. By Dave Vieser. The Cornelius Town Board unanimously approved a rezoning measure which will permit developer David Smith and Landworks Design Group of Charlotte to erect 20 upscale homes on 7.6 acres between West Catawba and Nantz Road.

The development, which will also include two commercial buildings, will be called Cambridge Square. The homes will be in a gated section to prevent parking overflow from the commercial buildings.

The site encompasses the building housing the Iglesia Vida Nueva Church, which formerly served as the North Mecklenburg Senior Center. Smith says he expects the church will relocate and the building will be repurposed for a future tenant. The other commercial building will be a new structure where the existing home at the site is now, which will be demolished.

West Catawba is on the right, running up and down

Prior to the approval, the town board directed that a specific clause be added permitting houses of worship to apply for future use of the buildings on the property.

Smith says the new homes, all with four bedrooms and 3.5 baths, will replicate the homes in developments such as Jetton Place and Robbins Park. “With current market conditions, I’d estimate they would be in the upper $600’s to upper $700’s in price.  We are not planning any age restrictions on the new homes at this time.”

The proposal represents another example of infill development, which is the process of developing vacant or under-used parcels of land within existing suburban or urban areas.

In other action, the board:

—Approved an $820,457 contract with Red Clay Industries of Pineville to resurface approximately 4.25 miles of town maintained highways using funds provided by the state. Red Clay was the lowest responsive bidder for the project.

—Authorized the write-off of $25,116 in unpaid electric bill charges from fiscal year 2015 for customers of Electricities. Traditionally the town board approves write offs of amounts that have proved uncollectable for more than three years. The amount written off does not include town residents who receive their electric services from either Energy United or Duke Energy.

—Recognized Devin Gilroy as the No. 1 Girls 10 & Under tennis player in North Carolina as of October 1, 2018, according to Town Mayor Woody Washam. More than 125 players are qualified for the official ranking, meaning that they play United States Tennis Association, or USTA, tournaments regularly, Washam said. Her father is Town Councilman Dave Gilroy.