It has been a while since I have written any news related to our greater Lake Norman developments because, quite frankly, most of the exciting projects I have written about have been stalled for the past year due to the national economic downturn.
However, some large and small developments are moving forward. Here is an update on these:
Four Points Sheraton: Construction is expected to begin very soon at Exit 28. The Four Points Sheraton is expected to have about 2,200 square feet of meeting space.
Langtree at the Lake: While delayed for about a year, Langtree at the Lake developer Rich Howard says he plans to start construction in the coming months. Also, the Missouri based John Q Hammonds recently announced a 12-story 300 room Embassy Suites will break ground later this summer or early fall and is expected to be completed by early 2011. It will have a 75,000 square feet conference center which is something our Lake Norman area has needed for quite some time! Langtree at the Lake.
Augustalee: Once called the Village at lake Norman, the Augustaleeis a $515 million mixed-use development at I-77 and Westmoreland Rd (at a new Exit 27) which will include The Grand Hotel, a 250 room, 10-story building featuring ballrooms, conference facilities, a full service restaurant as well as a boutique hotel with 100 rooms and retail on the first floor.
Cornelius One: This three-story mixed-use project located at 18615 West Catawba in Cornelius will include a restaurant and retail on the first floor and offices on the second and third floors. Developer Kenny Habul is awaiting rezoning approval.
The Widening of West Catawba Blvd: While those of us are watching the progress of the widening of Brawley School Road which is slated for completion in 2011, the widening of West Catawba Blvd will be completed in the next 60 days! Simonini’s The Preserve at Robbins Park that I have written about previously is also making progress. Once completed, Catawba Blvd will be fully landscaped and according to Commissioner Dave Gilroy, will be “simply gorgeous”!
New Exit 31: Our new Exit 31 is expected to open this summer!
Courtyard by Marriott and a Holiday Inn Express: Both of these hotels in Statesville are due to open this month!
TownPlace Suites by Marriot: Located off of Exit 33 in Mooresville, this hotel is scheduled to open in October of this year.
Larkin: I first wrote about this massive multi-use development project just south of Statesville about two years when it was ramping up to high gear. There was great excitement and property around Exit 45 was scooped up by potential investors and developers. The site has been annexed by the City of Statesville and and some of the plans have already been approved by the Statesville City Council. According to the Statesville Record and Landmark, since then “nothing of any substance has been done with the site.” “I honestly believe that Larkin will happen” said City Manager Rob Hites. “But it’s really hard to say right now when it will happen.”
Equestrian Subdivision in Mooresville: NASCAR race car driver Jeremy Mayfield’s former home located at 3245 Jackson Rd in Mooresville was purchased by Ron LeGrand who has teamed up with Sill Creek Team and developer Urchel Hill to launch a 73-home equestrian subdivision on 135 acres. While the land is currently empty, developers have already put in the road and other community amenities and are optimistic about its future.
The Club at Westport: I recently wrote a separate blog post about the opening of the Club at Westport and the new residential plans for the rest of the development in Denver on the west side of Lake Norman.
Lake Norman’s new community sailing and rowing is open!: After years of work, the North Carolina Community Sailing and Rowing Center is now open. Located at Huntersville’s Blythe Landing Park, this facility is truly for anyone interested in learning to sail or row, from Senior citizens to the disabled to our youth. A non-profit organization and its volunteers operate the center in partnership with the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation.
It is interesting to look back several years and read news articles and my old blog posts focused on building moratoriums and smart growth plans. Our national recession has actually provided our fast-growing Lake Norman communities the time to take a deep breath and prepare for the future growth that is sure to return once our economy has stabilized.