MOORESVILLE – While about two-dozen neighbors of a proposed apartment complex on Talbert Road showed up for a public hearing on a requested rezoning for the project, the only opinions they expressed were among each other.
No one spoke against the 424-unit Revere at Mooresville complex, which would be built on 28.5 acres just south of N.C. 150 and at the east end of Terrace Road, a popular route into the Mooresville Consumer Square shopping center anchored by Walmart.
Commissioners unanimously approved a rezoning that would allow the development, which would include 12 three-story buildings and seven “carriage” units with garages on the ground floor and apartments above. A pool and clubhouse also would be part of the complex.
A traffic signal will be added at the intersection of Talbert and Terrace roads, and a privately maintained road will run through the middle of the complex and connect to Romany Lane in the Meadows at Reed Creek subdivision.
The developer, Gross Residential, also agreed to a buffer and six-foot fence along the property’s border with the subdivision, and to move one neighbor’s driveway.
Allowing more townhomes
The board also unanimously approved a text amendment to the town’s zoning ordinance that would allow townhomes in areas zoned for two or three homes per acre.
The lowest-density zoning allowing townhomes had been in areas where five homes per acre were permitted.
Since the townhomes will apply to the per-acre totals, they would provide the opportunity to build some less-expensive homes while not adding to the overall density of new developments, Planning and Urban Development Director Rawls Howard told commissioners.
Commissioner Lisa Qualls praised the change. Because 85 percent of Mooresville residences are single-family homes, “we don’t have a lot of diversity” in terms of rents and prices, she said.
Howard noted that any developer who wanted to include townhomes in projects on land zoned for two or three units per acre will still require approval from the board.
The commissioners’ unanimity was in contrast to the town’s planning board, which recommended approval of the change but by a 5-3 vote.