It’s official: Land purchased for new town hall

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The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 last night to authorize Town Manager Brian Welch to finalize the purchase of 1.74 acres in Mint Hill Village for the new town hall. The sale of the land was held up because of an environmental report during the due diligence period that found a small amount of fill soil. Money was placed into an escrow account to replace some of the dirt.
The land cost the town $675,000 which was less than the $750,000 appraised value. Welch said Architect David Creech will now begin the drawings and that ground could be broken by the end of the year.
Commissioner Tina Ross voted against the purchase of the land. She said her vote should not have come as a surprise, adding that the town already owned 20 acres of land they could have built on. Mayor Ted Biggers has previously said that because most the infrastructure was already in place at Mint Hill Village, the town could save money. Read more in next week’s Mint Hill Times.

The town hall will be located at the apex of the traffic circle in the above map. The .1 acre in the traffic circle was also purchased by the town for a fountain or sculpture


Drunken man boards school bus heading for Mint Hill Middle School

Isaac Vasquez

WCNC is reporting that a drunk man boarded a bus heading for Mint Hill Middle School this morning. No one was injured. Upon arrest, police took the man to the hospital first because he had consumed so much alcohol. After he entered the bus through the emergency exit, the bus driver rounded up the students, keeping them away from him. A parent who saw the man enter the bus called the police.

The 20-year-old suspect, Isaac Vasquez, has been previously arrested three other times for charges including trafficking in heroin, possession of cocaine, carrying a concealed weapon, assault on a female, and assault on a child under 12 years old.