By Michele Dotson, Staff Writer
The Ardley subdivision on Truelight Church Road has been in limbo for several years. The most recent work done in the area was completed by the town of Mint Hill last summer.
“The road work was completed by the town because the developer wouldn’t complete the project according to the road improvement plans that had been approved years earlier,” says Mint Hill Town Commissioner Lloyd Austin. “The goal was to make that road safer and improve visibility and that’s what was approved.”
Austin said that the town, in lieu of halting the construction and waiting to go to court, which would have meant many months of road closure on Truelight Church Road, exercised its legal right to complete the job and bill the developer.
“The job cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $85,000, but the developer refused to pay,” says Austin.
That’s when the planning board placed a stop work order on the subdivision and work on the 45 home conservation subdivision halted. The stop work order also prevents the developer from selling the land to another developer until the town is repaid.
At the meeting on January 27, the developer’s attorney plans to address the Board of Adjustments to see if they will overturn the decision.
Tax records show the land is owned by Reverdy Development which is run by Charlotte-based William Waters Construction & Realty.
Wes Waters was reached by phone but made no comment regarding the upcoming meeting except to say that his attorney is handling the situation.
“I’m not knowledgeable enough to answer any questions about the issue,” said Waters. “My attorney is handling the project.”
The zoning appeal is scheduled for 7:30 pm on January 27 at Town Hall. The public meeting will take place in the John M. McEwen Assembly Room.