Presbyterian Hospital breaks ground, finally

Mark Billings, chief operating officer of Presbyterian Hospital

Mark Billings, chief operating officer of Presbyterian Hospital

Presbyterian Hospital broke ground Tuesday for its new facility outside of Mint Hill. The 50-bed hospital will be constructed near the Interstate 485 and Albemarle Road interchange. Mint Hill elected officials and staff attended the event. Troy Pollard was a huge supporter for the project and spoke at the ceremony.

Pollard said the community welcomes the new facility with open arms. Read more about the ceremony Thursday in The Mint Hill Times.

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Produce man sets up stand in MH

David White has been selling produce since he was kid. Since 2003, his Providence Produce has opened three produce stands and a warehouse. One of the produce stands is at the corner of Matthews-Mint Hill Road and Lawyers Road. Read his story in the Thursday Mint Hill Times.

**Note to gardeners: take your veggies to the Providence Prroduce stand in Mint Hill and they will pay cash per pound on the spot.

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Mint Hill man’s complaint nets $78,000 fine

Bluenc.com blogs about Mint Hill’s Thomas Strini who filed two complaints with the Federal Election Commission that cost the National Association of Realtors a nice chunk of change.

From BlueNC.com:

In a little noticed action in 2007 the National Association of Realtors was fined $78,000 by the Federal Election Commission for violations of election law including $282,500 spent on mailings and advertisements expressly advocating the election of Richard Burr for Senate in 2004.

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Design inches forward on new town hall

Progress was made last night on the new town hall. Board members met with architects for more than an hour discussing the project’s design. The board chamber will be open to the second story, but nobody can view a meeting from upstairs for security reasons.

The exterior features a four-column portico on both sides of the building with large arched windows on each side of the portico. Town Manager Brian Welch claimed one of those corner offices immediately, but Commissioner Lloyd Austin jokingly suggested suspending the town manager’s office above the board chamber.

There is no date set for the next design workshop.

More on the new town hall in Thursday’s Mint Hill Times.

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It’s not just MH’s mall that’s stalled

General Growth said to Mayor Ted Biggers and Town Manager Brian Welch the Bridges at Mint Hill is being delayed so offsite work can catch up with onsite work. Apparently, Mint Hill is not the only town where General Growth has stalled a mall project. Elk Grove Promenade is “on hold,” according to the Elk Grove Citizen newspaper in California. Rumor is that General Growth has also put the breaks on a billion dollar project in Las Vegas.

General Growth releases its second quarter earnings tomorrow after the market closes. We should know more by then.

Read more in Thursday’s Mint Hill Times.

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