Ken Lindholm

HIGH POINT — A 35-acre horse-lover’s paradise may be coming to north High Point.

Faith Properties owner Ken Lindholm intends to put an equestrian facility offering boarding, riding lessons and trails on 35 acres near Walpole and Clinard Farm roads. It will be adjacent to the Phoenix Academy charter school, which is in the process of relocating from the Piedmont Centre.

“I talked to folks I know in the area about what we should do with the land, and the idea of an equestrian facility kept being raised,” Lindholm said Wednesday.

The complex is expected to feature 25 to 40 stalls for boarding horses, an indoor arena for equestrian lessons and riding trails.

Will he have horses on hand for the public to ride? Lindholm doesn’t know yet.

The developer has been trying to decide what to do with the property since late June. At that time, he removed it from an annexation request that also listed the tract meant for the Phoenix Academy.

At first, Lindholm considered using the acreage for a business park but decided that the “lay of the land and the fact that a stream runs through the property” made it more appropriate for a non-

industrial use.

The City Council voted to approve the annexation of the Phoenix Academy property and gave Lindholm until Dec. 24 to come back with a plan for the other parcel.

He met with city planners on Monday to discuss his plans for the property. Planners suggested he go ahead with the annexation request and have the property zoned agricultural, which Lindholm plans to do.

He will then need to request a special-use permit from the city in order to put the equestrian facility on it. Lindholm said he intends to do site-preparation work for the Phoenix Academy and the equestrian facility simultaneously.

The equestrian center could be ready by the start of 2006, he added.

“This will be a nice added piece for north High Point,” Lindholm said. “Another piece of the puzzle.”

Contact Justin Cord Hayes at 883-4422, Ext. 238, or jhayes@news-record.com

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