INDIAN TRAIL – Town leaders received an early look at a high-end mixed-use development off Unionville-Indian Trail Road that could include a grocery store, public park, houses and townhomes.
Charlotte-based MT Land could return to the Indian Trail Town Council next month to rezone the 140-plus acres adjacent to the Monroe Bypass a.
Paul Shriver, of PJS Land, said the development team has been working with town staff for more than a year to design a plan that would meet the recommendations of the Secrest Short Cut Road Small Area Plan.
A Publix grocery store is expected to anchor the commercial portion of the project. A pharmacy like CVS or drive-through restaurant, such as Chick-fil-A or Zaxby’s, are possibilities. So is a higher-end gas station like QT.
“From an architecture standpoint, the goal is to create something like an Arysley over at south Charlotte,” Shriver said, noting how the commercial piece and architectural standards set the tone for the neighborhood.
Density was not discussed during the Nov. 13 meeting, but the concept plan submitted to the town allows for up to 336 townhomes and 207 single-family homes. About 131 homes would have 50-foot lots and 76 homes would have 60-foot lots.
Shriver said the townhomes could range in the low to mid-$200,000s. Homes would range between $265,000 to low $400,000s. An amenity center could include a pool, clubhouse and tennis/basketball combo court.
The town park could be between 3.5 and 4.5 acres. Trails will be incorporated throughout the neighborhood, allowing for pedestrian connections to retail.
“Instead of slamming in extra townhomes, we wanted to have that extra space and the gathering,” Shriver said. “The townhome buyer tends to be a younger buyer, which is one of the reasons we strategically placed the townhomes closer to the commercial. That type of buyer is going to be more apt to walk up to restaurants and things of that nature and really help support and grow the commercial side of it.”
Shriver told the council they want this to be a quality, high-end project.
“We’ve been trying to do our best to really listen,” said Charles Myers, owner of MT Land. “The last thing I want to be part of is something that people don’t like.”
Myers asked the council if there were any reasons they wouldn’t support the project, considering his company is investing a lot of time and money into it.
Councilman Jerry Morse replied his biggest concern was the flood plain and if the project had the appropriate storm drainage. Town Manager Patrick Sadek wants to ensure the large project doesn’t create congestion on roads.
Councilman Mike Head believes the project could potentially lesson traffic when you take into account the distance some residents drive to get to an existing grocery store. Mayor Pro Tem David Cohn said he looked forward to the project and the grocery store.
“I think you had us at hello,” Cohn quipped.