The process took years, but the developers of Kerr Farms, formerly known as Long View South, were finally granted preliminary construction plan approval by the Marvin Village Council during their Tuesday, April 12 meeting.
The 122-acre development, which borders Charlotte alongside Rea Road, includes 44 residential lots and 30 acres designated for office and business use. The Council’s approval is conditional, requiring the developer to get sewer and water permits from Union County before breaking ground.
Kerr Farms development plans have over the years undergone multiple revisions. In 2008, they had to meet Carolina Heelsplitter buffer requirements imposed by the N.C. Department of Water Quality and as a result, had to reduce the development by 58 lots. A recent announcement by the Union County Department of Public Works, suggests that water and sewer could be available in a year or so, only then can construction begin.
The developer brought two versions their plan before council, one that included landscape screening provisions in the common area and one without. The Marvin Planning Board had recommended the version without a screen, but the Council approved plan with screening in place.
“Councilman (Anthony) Burman and I felt that landscape screening provided for the privacy needs of homeowners” Mayor Po Tem Ron Salimao said, “I’d rather have more than less.”
Marvin held the first Volunteer day at Marvin-Efird Park on Saturday, April 9. The event brought 28 people out to help clear trails, cut brush and remove debris. Building on that success, the Council voted to hold a Park Volunteer day, for the months of May, June and July on the second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m.-noon.
“This was a recommendation from our volunteers” Salimao said, “People want to be able plan their other activities around working at the park. We’ve organized lists of what needs to be done and people can choose what they’d like to do.”
Much of the meeting was spent interviewing representatives from two architecture firms, Peterson Associates and Pease Engineering & Architecture, who are vying for the contract for the Park’s house restoration.
“I thought they could both can do the job, but I felt more comfortable with Peterson” Salimao said, “we only considered each company for experience as price is typically 8 to 10 percent of project cost, but we will negotiate price once scope of work is determined.”
In addition to choosing an architect, the Council voted to rezone the Park properties into Marvin zoning completing Village’s annexation