650 home mixed-use development approved along NC 150

Catawba County commissioners have cleared the way for a mixed-use development that will include 650 homes near Midway Marina.

The board recently approved a rezoning request for a 55-acre lakefront plot bordered by N.C. 150, Greenwood Road and Clement Circle, which will allow it to be converted into a mixed-use waterfront community.

The property, which was rezoned from medium density residential to planned development conditional, will have a mix of townhomes and single-family houses. The community will be restricted to people 55 and older.

The developer also plans two-story units, with the bottom floors used for retail and the top for residential living spaces.

The community will include a public waterfront, and a marina with 310 boat slips.

The architect behind the project, Terry Shook, designed Birkdale Village in Huntersville, and a number of harbor communities in Seattle and Nantucket. Shook and his partner, developer Tom Scott, said they both plan to live in the community when it is complete.

Catawba County Assistant Planning Director Chris Timberlake said the developer is willing to repave Clement Circle, and will consider adding a traffic light where Greenwood Road intersects with N.C. 150.

According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, an average of 17,000 vehicles travel along the portion of N.C. 150 that passes the property. Construction to widen the road isn’t scheduled to begin until 2028.

Construction on the project is expected to begin in 2021.