MOORESVILLE – Langtree at the Lake is ready for tenants’ U-Haul trucks and cardboard boxes to overtake its apartment complex this month.

The development’s first phase of 58 acres, located on the western side of I-77 off Exit 31, includes 300 luxury apartments ready for move-in, according to Barry Rigby, executive vice president of development for RL West.

The first phase also includes 65,000 square feet of retail space, including shops like Sky Café & Gelato, Novanta Pizzeria Napoletano, a Brooklyn Boys venture, Bacchus’ Wine and Tapas, and Fabrik Women’s Boutique.

Rigby told The Herald Weekly individual stores will open in the November-February timeframe, and about 80 percent of storefronts have been leased so far.

Nevertheless, he’s still looking for the right user to occupy a 2,500-square-foot drive-thru restaurant space directly below the RL West Commercial Brokerage Division office.

The second face of development will be located between Langtree Road and the existing parking deck, Rigby said. He expects it to hold a “very large health-care component,” around 16,000-square-feet according to RL West’s website. Groundbreaking on that phase should begin in January 2014. 

“We’re not going to be Birkdale (Village),” RL West President Steve Welly told Davidson commissioners Oct. 8.

Welly expects Langtree at the Lake to attract local and regional retailers, as well as offer more entertainment options through an outdoor amphitheater. Plans also call for a significant amount of green space, which would allow Mooresville a public park with lake access.

Construction on a 12-story skyscraper, described as an Ethosphere, won’t begin until April or May and open until spring 2016, officials said. The building will contain a DoubleTree hotel, condos, meeting space, shops and a rooftop bar and pool.

Justin Vick contributed to this story.