Doubts about mall project moving forward

General Growth claims the off-site and on-site work were not in sync, and that grading was going too fast. Urban Planet forum posters express doubt about the reasons given for the halt of Bridges at Mint Hill construction at Lawyers Road and I-485. The poster says:

That’s an interesting excuse and it’s rubbish. It’s no doubt due to the economy and the fact that General Growth, the developer, is having major issues in these seized up capital markets trying to get refinancing on its $billions of debt maturing over the next two years. Being that the company is now devoting full attention to its existing stabilized portfolio of malls, I predict this project will be on hold until 2010 at the earliest or may just outright die.

Mall developers told Town Manager Brian Welch construction will begin again at the first of the year. Stay tuned…

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No Little League World Series for MH this year

Myrtle Grove Optimist bounced Mint Hill little league from the state tournament last night. Team Mint Hill was one game away from going to the Southeast Regional in Gulfport, Fla., and from there a  trip  to Williamsport, Pa. for the Little League World Series.

Getting to the state championship game is an accomplishment, so nothing to hang their heads about. You’ll get’em next year!

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Butler linebacker Hawatha Bell to visit four schools in fall

Butler’s most prominent football recruit Hawatha Bell will visit four schools this fall, including UNC and NC State.

Common Hawatha, keep your talent in state!

Of all the high profile Butler Bulldogs recruits last season, none stayed in state. Can’t blame them too much for wanting to play for Clemson, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Illinois, but it would be nice to keep some of that homegrown talent in NC for a change.

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No mo’ Mo

CMS Deputy Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer Maurice Green was named superintendent of Guilford County Schools this morning.

Dr. Gorman’s statement:

“Guilford County has made a great decision by selecting Mo Green as their new superintendent. While we’d love to keep him here, he deserves this opportunity. I know great things are going to happen for children because he’s there.”

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High school practices start next week

As summer vacation comes to a close for students, the summer football season is about to open. Practice starts August 1 at Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. Games across the county start three weeks later, except at Butler and Independence. The Bulldogs and Patriots open their seasons August 29, and renew their heated rivalry November 7.

Let the coutdown to the showdown at Memorial Stadium begin.

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