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Mooresville denies Costco rezoning

The Mooresville Board of Commissioners has rejected Hammerford Development Co.’s rezoning request to build a Costco and Academy Sports and Outdoors store on 41 acres at Brawley School and Talbert roads.

The board voted 5-1 against the proposal, with Commissioner Bobby Compton favoring the rezoning. The petition had sparked protests from nearby residents concerned about the increased traffic the proposed project could bring to the area.

The property is off Interstate 77 at exit 35.

The commissioners voted against the rezoning despite the Mooresville Planning Board’s recommendation last month that it be approved.

Costco would have been a major anchor at the site, with the membership warehouse retailer occupying nearly 156,000 square feet. Academy Sports had plans to operate out of a second, 63,000-square-foot building. Site plans also called for on-site fuel sales and six individually developed outparcels.

Hammerford Development, based in Canada, sought a rezoning to conditional highway business from single-family residential.

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