The Statesville City Council on Monday approved a request to rezone 32.24 acres along U.S. Highway 21 for 181 townhomes and more than 60,000 square feet of retail space.

TJ Pecorak applied for the rezoning from Highway Business to Planned Unit Development for the project known as Statesville Gateway.

The $18 million development would be built on 10 different parcels located south of Northgate Plaza, where Captain’s Galley and Tony’s Pizza are located. The site currently includes an auto detailing business, a dilapidated commercial building, and a brick house with a metal carport, all of which would be demolished.

The applicant agreed to more than two dozen conditions.

The townhomes would be built on 1,490-square-foot lots and would have reduced setbacks. The applicant also agreed to include a village green, pocket park and trails in the development.

Iredell Water would provide water, Duke Energy would supply electricity and the city would provide sewer service.

The developer will be required to install sidewalks, curbs and gutters, implement a landscape plan, and conduct a traffic impact analysis.


In other business:

♦ Council gave final approval on a legal settlement with Iredell Water, which includes a $1.475 million payment from the city to Iredell Water. The council approved $25,000 in legal fees associated with the litigation.

♦ Council approved an ordinance establishing a 45 mph speed limit on Crawford Road within the corporate limits of Statesville at the request of NCDOT.

♦ Council approved a $300,000 increase to the existing Line Crew Labor Contract with Utility Partners of America.

♦ Council approved $282,260 grant from the NCDOT Aviation Division to reimburse the city for land acquisition expenses.

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