MOORESVILLE – Mooresville commissioners gave unanimous approval of a conditional rezoning request that would allow a four-story apartment complex with a total number of 275 units at 800 River Hwy.
Switzenbaum & Associates, representing applicant Sycamore at Mooresville LLC, went over the modern-style apartment complex design with commissioners at the town hall meeting on Monday, Aug. 7.
The zoning of the 23-acre property was only for a maximum of three-story buildings. Switzenbaum & Associates President and CEO Sam Switzenbaum described the advantages both surrounding property owners and the apartment complex project would have from having a taller building, allowing for more green space.
“There’s nothing else in your town that looks like this,” Switzenbaum said, adding “There are no boring ends to the building. No (air conditioning) units around the building. We’re putting them on top of the building.”
The property sits near the Water Oak subdivision. It is slated to consist of five residential buildings that are four-stories tall. The development incorporates a hexagon-shaped building design with 55 units per building, reducing the number of apartment buildings required.
The complex will include a clubhouse, leasing office, tennis courts, putting green and open space. Additionally, the apartment complex will also have an elevator in each building.
“We’ve spent a lot of time in your township, and we’re honored to be here,” Switzenbaum said.
Melissa Potter, who lives on Morehouse Avenue, opposed the apartment complex, citing traffic and privacy concerns.
“The (proposed development) will be higher than (my house) is,” she said. “I’ve changed my work hours just so I can make the left outside of my house. Adding all that traffic will not help.”
Switzenbaum tried to reassure Potter, saying there will be 25-foot buffers and 10-foot alleyways. Additionally, a condition was presented by the board that would require property developers to install a 100-foot buffer to be placed next to the nearest residence from Water Oak’s property line.
“We’re looking for a stable community,” he said. “We’re a family business. We don’t build to sell.”
Switzenbaum & Associates also has property developments in Charlotte and Wilmington, Switzenbaum added.
New officers inducted
Mooresville Police Department welcomed new officer, Gaypeart “Gee” Peralta. Peralta studied at the University of Phillippines, receiving a degree in political science and later attended Charleston (S.C.) Southern University, receiving a masters in criminal justice. Peralta was accompanied by his parents, wife and two children.
New business accepted
Commissioners approved the conditional rezoning request from Altitude Trampoline Park.
“We need more innovators like you who repurpose big-box buildings, creating something the entire community can use,” Commissioner Lisa Qualls said.
The property will be utilizing the former hhgregg building at 657 River Hwy. The request will not change the base zoning district and does not require any exterior alteration of the building or site.
Town joins county in ‘Brunch Bill’
Popularly known as the “Brunch Bill” signed by Gov. Roy Cooper in July, the new law was approved locally at the Mooresville meeting.
It allows restaurants and businesses the option to sell alcohol beginning at 10 a.m. instead of noon on Sundays.
Commissioner Eddie Dingler recused himself from the vote as he owns a store that may gain revenue from the earlier alcohol sales.