Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Lake Norman growth and development; what’s in the pipeline? Part 2

Okay, so you REALLY know you live in a fast growing community when it take TWO blogs to get everyone up to speed with developments in the pipeline surrounding Lake Norman. In this half I will be covering the communities of Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville (Mecklenburg County), Denver (Lincoln County) and Sherrills Ford/Terrell in Catawba County. For Iredell County see Part 1. In the future I will provide updates in individual blogs so keep checking in!

DAVIDSON:

  • Harbor Place is a 450,000-square-foot mixed-use development. Located on a 50-acre site, it will include a three-story office building on Griffith Street and the I-77, four other office buildings, a 120-room Hilton Homewood Suites hotel and a residential component with 15 Townhomes and 29 brownstones. The development will offer views of Lake Davidson.
  • The Village at South Main is a small townhome community located in Davidson’s art district. Nestled among trees, these 38 craftsman-style homes will be within walking distance of shopping, schools and historic Main St. for more information about all developments in Davidson go to: www.ci.davidson.nc.us and click on planning.

CORNELIUS

  • The Preserve at Robbins Park is quite the talk of the town in Cornelius. “This public/private development on 200 acres between Westmoreland Rd., West Catawba Avenue and Birkdale Village includes a park, a nature preserve, a greenway, an athletic complex and a subdivision filled with143 upscale homes”. The park will likely include ballfields, soccerfields, tennis courts, bicycle trails, and a community garden and will be open to the public
  • The Village Center/Bailey’s Glen is proposed to be a 487-unit active adult 55+ community with 391 single-family residential units and 96 condominiums located on Jetton Rd. Included in the proposal are a 23,000 square-foot club house and pool, as second smaller club house and pool and a craft barn and greenhouse. Additional amenities proposed include a putting green, amphitheater, bocce court, greenway and several park ares.

HUNTERSVILLE

  • Started 9 years ago, Vermillion of Huntersville is “feathering out” from its high density core and adding larger homes as part of a new, larger vision. There is an overall 400 acres in the entire development. Now some of the nearly 250 single-family homes planned or under construction in the next two phases will exceed 4000 square feet and sell in the high $400,000s. Vermillion’s developers have also secured about 20 acres for a retail services project between the housing and a planned commuter rail stop in the core.
  • Work has begun on the 42-acre Canipe Park on Beatties Ford Road. The park, located just north of Bradley Middle School, will have six full-sized fields for soccer, football and lacrosse, restrooms, playground, walking trail, muli-purpose open-play area and parking.

DENVER/LINCOLN COUNTY

RETAILERS FLOWING IN TO ‘HOT’ INTERSECTION was the headline of an article in the Charlotte Observer recently. The “hot” intersection is the N.C.16 at the N.C. 73 in Lincoln County. With the completion of the widening and straightening of N.C.16 on the west side of Lake Norman, the commute to Charlotte has greatly improved. As a result, the entire west side of the lake has sprung into action with proposed growth and development. Once new housing was underway, it became obvious that there was a great need for closer shopping. At the intersection of the 16/73 there is a WalMart Super Center on one side and the Catawba Springs Promenade just across the street in the pipeline.

  • Catawba Springs Promenade offers an approximately 265,000 square-foot Lowe’s Home Improvement Center, a 30,000 square-foot “junior anchor” and about 40,000 square-feet of small shpes. There are also commitments on at least four of the seven surrounding retail and restaurant parcels on the 40-acre site. Also announced recently is a planned development of 3,000 homes one mile west of Catawba Springs Promenade

For more information about developments in the Denver/Lincoln County area: www.lincolncounty.org; www.denvernc.com

Sherrills Ford and Terrell

“The west shore of the lake is popping” according to a recent blurb in the Red Dirt Alert of the Charlotte Observer and she isn’t embellishing! Here are the most high profile developments in the works:

Catawba County Commisioners have approved two large developments after four years of planning and negotiation:.

  • MAG Land plans to build up to 1500 homes ina 700-acre subdivison called Key Harbor, off Island Point, Raccon Track and Azalea Roads. These will be built out over a 10-20 year period and will ultimately include clubhouses, a soccer field, swimming pools, tennis courts, walking trails and 150 acres of open space.
  • Developers with Crescent Resources plan up to 577,000 square feet of retail, office space and up to 350 homes in the “Village Center” at Slanting Bridge Road and N.C. 150. Within this plan it is expected that there will be a grocery store, a big box store, traffic improvements and a new school. It is thought that this “village” will bring more services and amenities to the area such as a YMCA and medical center.

A new sewer line planned to serve southeastern Catawba County including Sherrills Ford and Terrell is expected to “unleash” serious growth. For more information: www.catawbacountync.gov. Also visit www.lakeneighbors.com.

As one who moved here for the beauty and the kinder and gentler lifestyle, I am not without concerns about so much growth around my beloved Lake Norman. As a REALTOR I should welcome the growth but as a resident there are times I wish everything would just stay exactly the way it is now. I welcome comments about your thoughts on these developements and the the rate of growth in the area! Thank you again to the Red Dirt Alert and the Charlotte Observer for much of this information: www.charlotte.com.

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