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Washam Potts project meets opposition from neighbors


Nov. 19. By Dave Vieser. Eight residents who live on or near Washam Potts Road pleaded with the Cornelius Town Board last night to reject a developer’s plans to build 27 new townhomes on vacant land. And in an ironic twist, they will have to come back in December and do it all over again.

“I love this neighborhood,” said Kevin Hurd, “but it seems like the developers are trying to pack  homes into every vacant piece of land. That would really change the feel of this great community.”

Residents spoke during the customary period reserved for citizen concerns but when the public hearing for the project began, the board granted a continuance to Dec. 16 so the matter can be heard by the new Town Board.

Thus, if the residents want their comments on the record for the project, they will need to reappear in December.

The proposal under question is from Matt Gallagher of Blue Heel Development, LLC to rezone and develop 6.8 acres of property located at 10212 Washam Potts Road.

The property is currently zoned Neighborhood Residential (NR) and has one single family house on the parcel.  The proposed single-family townhomes would front on a new internal street running southeastward from Washam Potts Road, east of Ruffner Drive.

In other action, The Town Board:

  • Approved an amended plan for a 132 age-restricted condominium development in Bailey’s Glen which will add a clubhouse building for the pool and an additional building to house pump materials. The unanimous approval followed a public hearing.The project will be built on 8.78 acres opposite the future site of the new Mecklenburg County Recreation Center on Old Statesville Road/Highway 115.
  • Approved a resolution of support for Atrium’s planned 30 bed acute care facility planned for Cornelius. The resolution will be included in Atrium’s Certificate of Need application to the NC Health Department. The medical care facility will be built on vacant land west of US 21 and south of Westmoreland Road, on property that was included in the mixed-use Augustalee development. The original project was cancelled during the Great Recession.
  • Granted an OK for the US Geological Division to install a new rain gauge at Westmoreland Park adjacent to the baseball fields. The existing gauge along McDowell Creek has been vandalized and is no longer readily accessible. The gauge is one of series of measuring devices used to monitor potential flooding conditions in the metropolitan Charlotte area.
  • Held the first of two public hearings on a request by O’Reillys Auto Parts Store to build a retail outlet on the west side of Highway 21, just south of the Hampton Inn. There were no objections to their application.