Charlotte, NC – May 15, 2015 – Developer RL West and SwimMAC Carolina signed an agreement valued around $4 million Wednesday, for the donation of property in the LangTree development in Mooresville. SwimMAC will build an aquatic center on the site that includes a 50 meter competition pool, a training pool ideal for lessons, and seating for more than 1500 spectators.
“The Charlotte region has a severe shortage of water space that is inadequate for the popularity of lessons programs, school teams, competitive clubs, and aquatic fitness groups in our area. Additional lane space benefits everyone in the community,” said SwimMAC CEO and Director of Coaching, David Marsh.
Located just 20 minutes north of Charlotte at exit 31 off of I-77, LangTree is a mix of retail, restaurants, residential and office spaces in a waterfront setting on Lake Norman. Plans by Pharos Hospitality to add a 251-room DoubleTree by Hilton hotel are tied closely to the construction of the aquatic center.
“Having SwimMAC’s first class training and swim meet venue located next door to the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel creates synergies that benefit guests of both facilities, and creates a unique offering at LangTree,” said Pharos Hospitality CEO, Buddy Watson. Pharos Hospitality is an approved franchisee and manager of Hilton full-service brands.
Wednesday’s agreement comes just a month after Mooresville’s town commissioners approved Special Assessment Improvement District (SAID) revenue bonds to help fund infrastructure projects at the site. RL West President Steve Welly says they are all anxious to start moving dirt, but the construction schedule will depend on permitting. “We have to get all of the pieces and parts lined up and the design completed. When it’s all done,” said Welly, “it’s going to be a real asset. We’ll be providing a really distinctive site for the region.”
SwimMAC Carolina is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides swimming lessons to thousands of children in the Charlotte area, develops more than 850 age group swimmers on its competitive team, trains about 20 Olympic caliber professional swimmers in its Team Elite program, and offers a variety of aquatic fitness programs for swimmers of all ages. SwimMAC’s One Lane at a Time capital campaign is a $6 million fundraising effort to support the construction of the new aquatic center and an extensive renovation of its existing facility in south Charlotte.
Swimming news courtesy of SwimMAC Carolina.