TPA Group of Atlanta of Atlanta plans to build a $100 million, 1.2-million-sq. ft. distribution center, the Kannapolis Logistics Park, near the intersection of Kannapolis Pkwy. and Davidson Hwy.
Chris Kouri, a Nexsen Pruet attorney representing the developer, said during a public hearing before the Kannapolis City Council the rezoning request would need to be delayed because the pregnant wife of the developer was having contractions.
The hearing has been rescheduled for Dec. 12.
Mayor Darrell Hinnant has said a $490 million plan to redevelop downtown has attracted the attention of big industrial projects. The promise that the city will once again have a commercial, residential and entertainment district would make attracting those projects easier due to quality-of-life issues for employees, Hinnant says.
“It will be a tremendous economic development impact on the area and truly the region,” Kouri says.
However, a few real estate, economic development and municipal officials expressed doubt in interviews with the Charlotte Business Journal that there’s a tenant who has agreed to lease or buy space in the proposed logistics park.
“Some conversations could lead to something but I believe that they don’t have anything signed,” says one person with knowledge of the project, who asked to remain anonymous,
The Kannapolis Planning and Zoning Commission had voted to deny the rezoning, an action that then kicked the request to the City Council.
Everett Helms, who lives near the site, opposed the park, saying he’s concerned that the development will pollute the nearby Don T. Howell reservoir, which Kannapolis uses for its drinking water.
Yadkin Riverkeeper Will Scott says he’s concerned water runoff from the Kannapolis Logistics Park would change the course of the nearby Coddle Creek. Coddle Creek feeds Rocky River and eventually flows into the Pee Dee River.
A Kannapolis spokesperson says the construction will have to meet state-mandated rules for stormwater retention.