Plans for SwimMAC Aquatic Center in Mooresville Shelved

Knoxville, TN - December 7, 2013: SwimMAC Swimmer during the 2013 AT&T Swimming Winter National Championships on December 7, 2013 in Knoxville, Tennessee at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center. Photo By Matthew DeMaria/Tennessee Athletics
Photo Courtesy: Matthew DeMaria/Tennessee Athletics

In May 2015, SwimMAC Carolina launched a capital campaign in hopes of raising money to build a new aquatic center in Mooresville, N.C., north of Charlotte. That originally planned center will not be built, SwimMAC President Joe Piscitelli confirmed to Swimming World Monday.

An official at the LangTree development—where the aquatics center as well as a Doubletree hotel were supposed to be built—told the Mooresville Tribune that SwimMAC’s plans changed to due “organizational changes and financial forecasts,” but Piscitelli said that the club was not responsible for the change in direction.

“SwimMAC did everything they could to make that work,” Piscitelli said. “We did everything that we could do humanly possible to make this happen. We were partners with the hotel and R.L. West, and we were going to build it. Then they said they would build it, and we would be their anchor tenants. We were fine with that. Then it just imploded.

According to the Tribune, R.L. West’s Mark Lockman said, “We still want them (in Mooresville), and we hope we can work that out.” Piscitelli confirmed that the two sides are currently in discussions on a new piece of property.

The original facility was to include two 50-meter pools as well as seating for up to 1500 spectators. The capital campaign to support the project was expected to raise some $6 million to go along with a $500,000 donation from Charlotte hotel developer Pharos Hospitality.

Read more about the project and its cancellation (via the Charlotte Observer) by clicking here.