Mint Hill Board of Commissioners hears plans on development

Before the normal Mint Hill Board of commissioners meeting last Thursday, January 10, the town held their quarterly developer’s workshop, hearing presentations from several area land developers.

The board heard from Jerry Helms regarding Blair Road Development, Chris Isaacs regarding Mint Hill Commons development, and Brian Jackson regarding modifications to the Summerwood Community’s architecture requirements. 

Helms presented preliminary plans for an area of land owned by a number of residents, and potential uses for the land include a retirement community and a retail shopping space.
“I’m afraid if we develop Lawyer’s Road, we develop 218, we develop Blair Road, it’s going to turn Mint Hill and the outer belt into a nightmare,” said Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers, speaking of the potential development for a retail shopping complex along 485 in Mint Hill. “So at this point, I’m not encouraging this project. I think there are components of it that may be viable down the road, but this project is one big project that  I’m just not encouraged by.”
Isaacs, along with Scott McClaren, of the Stiles Foundation, presented the board with preliminary plans for Mint Hill Commons, an upscale grocery shopping complex to be located on Hwy. 51, directly across from Jimmie’s Restaurant and Harris Teeter.
The final presentation of the developer’s workshop was by Brian Jackson, to change the architecture requirement in the Summerwood community concerning what constitutes a “brick” home in the community. 
Currently, according to the requirement, 50 percent of homes must be of brick, but a home’s exterior can be brick on all sides with stone or other materials in portions, and be considered non-brick. 
The proposed change would allow an exception for pre-approved materials to be used on the exterior of buildings, and for the building to still be considered brick.
At the beginning of the regular meeting, the Board read a resolution, proclaiming February 2, 2013 as Scouting for Food Day in Mint Hill. Boy Scouts will be collecting food for Loaves and Fishes, a local non-profit network of food pantries serving the greater Charlotte area.
The Board granted a request by Boy Scout Troop 65, to donate any unused furniture left over from the old town hall to be donated to the scout troop. 
Some furniture has already been donated or claimed by the Mint Hill Police Department, and a bookshelf has been claimed by the Historical Society.
The Board then heard a request by Sandy Barnett to allow a portion of the Park on Fairview to be used as a practice field for Independence lacrosse teams. 
The part of the park in question is near the tower, but the space has not been graded, and six trees need to be cut down in order to create a field suitable for lacrosse. 
“It would allow us to separate our teams, which are growing to the numbers of anywhere from 70 to 80čpractically doublingčto separate and have one team practice at our current location, which is Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, and then the other team practice at the park,” Barnett said. 
The board decided to look further into the possibility of establishing a field there, and mayor Biggers said the town would like to be “part of the solution.”
During the public comments section of the meeting, Mint Hill residents Gail Flowe Honeycutt and Sue Carter spoke on behalf of the Bain School Auditorium, to voice their opposition to its demolition.
The board granted a petition by Circle K, to upgrade their site with a new store at 9201 Lawyers Road. The company will demolish the current structure and rebuild.
The board heard from Arthur Fields, a resident of Mint Hill that lives at Pine Hill Road, about a request to remove the “No Parking” signs from Pine Hill Road. 
Five years ago, residents of the street formed a petition in order to establish the street as no parking, but according to Fields, residents only meant for the no parking area to be at the entrance to the road, and now that parking is prohibited on the entire street, it is causing parking problems for visitors. 
The public safety officers of the town recommended that the street remain no parking for safety purposes, and the town agreed, deciding to continue prohibition of parking on the street.
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