New Cornelius Developments Coming to South Street
On September 7, the Town Board of Cornelius voted unanimously to approve two projects that will affect South Street, near the Davidson K-8 School.
Caroline, a development by Proffitt Dixon Partners, will occupy 16.3 acres on South Street, just north of the Antiquity subdivision. Plans call for 180 homes in an age-restricted, multi-family community, plus 110 unrestricted units.
The other, larger development, managed by Northwood Ravin, will be called Greenway Gartens, and will take 25 acres beginning on Zion Avenue. This area will have 448 residential units, including multi-family units and townhomes, as well as restaurants, commercial space, and a brewpub/tap room. Details, including renderings and maps, can be found at the Town of Cornelius website: https://www.cornelius.org/722/Greenway-Gartens.
Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox shared his comment, “Both the Greenway Gartens and Caroline projects are troublesome to me as Mayor of Davidson for many reasons. First, let me say that I welcomed the news when OMB announced that they were looking up here. Having a brewery with the stature and reputation of OMB was, and is, a huge win economically. Associated development would be a given. Unfortunately, the scope of the Greenway Gartens project, combined with the Caroline project, is just too large for existing infrastructure to handle. When you’re talking about 600+ units coming out to Hwy 115 and Catawba Avenue and add to those numbers the already established Antiquity neighborhood, you’ve created a monster.
“My concern for Davidson is that when all of those new units and Antiquity are stuck, their only relief valve is South Street. We have Davidson K-8 with 1100 students, the McEver Field complex that is now used almost year-round, a synagogue, and a sensitive historic neighborhood that are all at risk with the scope of these two projects. I hope that Cornelius can figure this out. Unfortunately, this is a Cornelius project and the concerns we as a Town expressed were the same concerns that many Davidson and Cornelius residents expressed.”
Jennie Clifton, a Concord native, taught high school Latin in Georgia, where she was a Tar Heel in exile until she and her husband Cecil, a Davidson graduate, retired here in 2011. They are now enjoying life at The Pines.