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Luxury car dealership coming to Cornelius

CORNELIUS – Commissioners breezed through the agenda with relative ease at the April 1 town board meeting, wrapping up the proceedings in just over an hour.

In addressing one particular item of significance, the board voted unanimously in favor of a zoning amendment that will permit the construction of a 25,000-square-foot Genesis auto sales and service dealership on approximately three acres along Statesville Road. The site is currently a paved parking area for vehicle sales as part of the adjacent Modern Nissan dealership.

The applicant – Modern Nissan Vice President of Operations David Fowler – has altered the original site plan in accordance with suggestions made in recent months during the town’s review process. As a result, the building has been rotated to the front of Statesville Road in the latest architectural drawings, which is consistent with the adjacent Modern Nissan building. 

The project is planned with the eventual widening of Statesville Road in mind, with a future build site plan featuring right-in, right-out access only. U-turn bulbs would be added as part of the road widening project to accommodate the inability to access or exit the site with a left turn. 

“It’s kind of a super street design,” Commissioner Todd Sansbury remarked.

Fowler and the Modern Nissan team currently operate Genesis of Concord, with the plan being to move that operation to Cornelius once the new facility is finished. 



In other business, Registix – a Huntersville-based liquidation firm focused on moving otherwise dead or depreciating inventory stock for top retailers and Fortune 500 companies – formally presented its request for a zoning amendment on approximately 4.12 acres on Chartown Drive, where the company proposes construction of a 40,000-square-foot office building and a 30,000-square-foot business development center. The property, which is south of the Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram dealership, would become the new corporate headquarters for Registix, if approved. 

A conceptual site plan submitted with the application shows the office building fronting Chartown Drive, with the business development center to the rear. Also per the site plan, the proposed project wouldn’t be accessible via an extension of Lake Pines Drive – a residential road that runs through the Westmoreland community south of the property – but those homes would be connected to Chartown Drive through a planned bike/pedestrian connector not open to vehicles. 

The proposal will be presented before the planning board at a later date before eventually returning to a subsequent town board agenda for a final vote. 


Fruitful Roots Brewery

On the heels of approving a rezoning that paves the way for Royal Bliss Brewing to construct a new brewery on Harbor View Drive, the board will soon hand down a verdict on another rezoning request related to a potential new brewery. 

A request from Aspirational Adventures, LLC, seeking a zoning amendment on approximately 1.05 acres at 20219 N. Main St., was recently presented to the planning board. If approved by commissioners at a later board meeting, the site would house a 5,251-square-foot microbrewery to be known as Fruitful Roots Brewery.

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