The Mooresville Board of Commissioners Monday approved a conditional request to rezone 28.5 acres on Talbert Road, an action that will allow a 424-unit apartment, multi-family community project with attainable housing options to move forward.
Located at Talbert Road and Terrace Road, the “Revere at Mooresville” development includes 12, three-story buildings and seven carriage-unit buildings as well as a pool, green space and clubhouse, said Dan Brewer, with ESP Associates, a local engineering design and consulting firm.
The proposed carriage houses are apartment units above garages with stairs on either side, said Rawls Howard, town planning and community development director. “It’s a pretty interesting model that I don’t believe we have currently in Mooresville right now,” said Howard.
This particular conditional zoning request, from applicants Gross Residential, on behalf of owners Woods Limited Partnership, Richard and Suzanne Woods and Barry Cashion, is the first to fall under the town’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, said Howard.
This new ordinance gives the developer permission to go over local base density requirements if a certain percentage of housing is dedicated to workforce housing, Howard said. In this case, 80 of the 424 units will be attainable housing or units rented at below market rate to provide an attainable housing option, according to town documents.
“This is the first project that we have had come under our purview that is taking advantage of that,” Howard said, of the new ordinance. “Staff is really excited. We think we got a really good product.”
The property parcels are currently zoned R-2, Single Family Residential, CMX, Corridor Mixed Use, and HB, Highway Business. The applicants sought to consolidate the separate zoning designations under one zoning designation, CMX-C, conditional Corridor Mixed Use, said Howard.
The property borders the Meadows at Reed Creek subdivision and backs up to vacant land bordered by commercial property at N.C. Highway 150, Howard said.
The project will have a single main street running through the center of the site and an intersection street that will connect to Romany Road in the Meadows at Reed Creek subdivision. The street connection will provide a second entrance to this subdivision, the town said. The developers will also install a traffic light at the main entrance to the project at Terrace Road as well as construct a left-hand turn lane on Talbert Road.
Most people know Terrace Road as the back entrance to the Norman Station Super Walmart shopping center, Howard said.
The project has a three- to four-year buildout time, said Brewer. Brewer also said he has met with Mooresville Graded School District officials to discuss concerns about school overcrowding and has had several meetings with neighbors concerned about traffic.
The Mooresville Planning Board unanimously approved the conditional rezoning request last month, Howard said.
As conditions of the rezoning, Brewer said the applicant would add a privacy fence along the town homes property line, create a 40-foot buffer along the single-family residences and move a homeowner’s driveway on Terrace Road back from Talbert Road, Howard said.
No one spoke about the proposed project during a public hearing on the matter Monday and commissioners approved the requested rezoning unanimously.
In other business, Mayor Miles Atkins swore in Estefania Manzano as the newest Mooresville Police Officer. Manzano, born in Columbia, South America and raised in North Carolina, is a Statesville High School graduate. She recently completed basic law enforcement training at Mitchell Community College. Manzano has her real estate license and most recently worked at the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office before joining the MPD.
In other business, the Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to award a $2.7 million contract to Dane Construction, Inc. for intersection improvements at N.C. Highway 801 and N.C. Highway 150. The work will consist of the installation of dedicated turn lanes on all approaches along the two highways; a dedicated right turn lane on the westbound approach of N.C. Highway 150; a dedicated right turn on the sound bound approach of N.C. Highway 801. The work will last approximately 480 days, according to the town.