Developer wants changes to Bailey’s Glen multi-family complex
by Staff Writer
CORNELIUS – Developers of the proposed Bailey’s Glen Apartments, a multi-family complex for seniors, came to the Cornelius Board of Commissioners Monday night, Sept. 19, asking for changes to the plan previously approved by the town.
Developer Jack Palillo wants to construct the 96-unit complex on the west side of the existing Bailey’s Glen retirement community. The proposed 9.96- acre site sits a short distance from Old Statesville Road.
Without changing the number of units, the developer is proposing three, rather than four residential buildings, according to documents supplied to the town. Palillo also plans more one-bedroom units, thus reducing the maximum residents possible.
In another significant change, the developer wants to switch from underground parking approved in the original plan to surface parking lots.
Commissioners tabled the issue until their next board meeting to discuss the planned revisions with the developer. No residents spoke against the proposed changes.
Also Monday night, commissioners:
• Unanimously approved a new interlocal agreement between the Visit Lake Norman tourism agency and the towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville. Davidson and Huntersville signed off on the new working agreement earlier this month.
The new agreement gives the towns more control over the tourism agency, as they will now appoint half of Visit Lake Norman’s board and its executive committee. They’ll also get more access to the agency’s ledger, both changes town leaders had insisted upon.
The approval puts to rest nearly a year of discussions and arguments between local hoteliers, the tourism agency, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce and the towns.
• Took considerable time discussing the need for a Red Line Task Force in light of an upcoming meeting with Paul Morris, deputy secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation. Commissioners meet with Stone Oct. 3, and Cornelius Mayor Jeff Tarte agreed to delay the presentation of the task force until after the presentation.
• Discussed investing town money in accounts that provide higher interest rates, during a workshop before the regular board meeting. The N.C. General Assembly approved a law that allows the town of Cornelius more flexibility in placing cash reserves.
However, according to an email by Commissioner Jim Bensman, the new investment law applies only to the capital reserve fund, not the town’s operating fund balance. None of the proposed investments, approved under the new law, clearly provided sufficient returns to make the efforts worthwhile, commissioners and staff said, and the board will investigate the issue further.
Also Monday night, Jim Duke, president of the Peninsula Property Owners Association and past chairman of a citizen group that examined problems with water bills and service, reported to the town board that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities is installing the newest generation of electronic telemetry for water meters in about a third of the homes in the upscale, west Cornelius community.
Peninsula homeowners are part of a second pilot project to study new “data logger” transmitters – also known as 100Ws – that record hour-by-hour water use in a home. With that kind of detail, utility officials are better able to pinpoint when excessive water is used or if a home has a small steady use of water, which might indicate a leak.
The utility conducted its first pilot study of another manufacturer’s version of the data logger in homes in the River Run Country Club in Davidson and the Hidden Valley community of Charlotte.
Duke told commissioners the utility is responding better to homeowners’ concerns and improved customer service.