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Sidewalks, rectangles next on Mint Hill’s list

By Andrew Stark

The Town of Mint Hill seems to always be working on the next big project, and to Town Manager Brian Welch, those are well defined and clearly laid out in terms of sidewalks and rectangles.

Welch said the first priority has been continuing the ongoing sidewalk construction operation, which he sees as the Board of Commissioner’s No. 1 priority.

“At this point in time I don’t view it as this or that sidewalk project, I view it as these guys are making a commitment to build them and we’re going to hammer it out,” Welch said. “I didn’t take a measurement of how much sidewalk we had in this town before they told me to build more, but we’ve built a lot of sidewalks in the past couple of years and I’ve got a feeling this board will continue with that.” […]

Chasing Dreams

By Andrew Stark

Bain Elementary School third- through fifth-grade boys learned about fitness, teamwork and character in Xcel 2 Fitness, a program new to the school this year.

What do swimming noodles, cones, tennis balls, climbing ladders and a group of third- to fifth-graders have in common?

To elementary school boys involved in Xcel 2 Fitness, those are the building blocks to friendship, self-confidence, athleticism and teamwork, and they’ve been on display since Bain Elementary began its program this fall.

“They have noodles, cones and everything else out here and (outsiders) probably look at it like, ‘OK, what is this going to do for them?’” Bain instructor and physical education teacher Jake Doster said. “But if they can get together and do games and activities that are put together in a curriculum and work as a team, that’s what sports pretty much are.

“They’re running through ladders and improving their agility and working on things like that. Everything is based around fitness and developing as teammates.” […]

Novant opens new health express in Mint Hill

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Recently, Novant Health has been opening Express Care Clinics in many neighborhoods. Mint Hill is their latest location, opening its doors last Wednesday.

“Within the greater Charlotte area, Novant Health is seeking to provide more places where we can care for the community,” said Kristin Moser a Public Relations Specialist for Novant Health. “As part of this larger strategy, Novant Health Express provides an affordable and easily accessed location for care. Mint Hill has been steadily growing and we are excited to provide this service to that community.”

Mint Hill is the fifth Express Clinic to open, other locations include Ballantyne, Park Towne Village, Davidson and Indian Trail.

Moser explained the function of the Novant Health Express Care Clinic was not to replace the role of a primary care provider but to more or less fill in for patients in need when primary care may not be available.

“Your primary care doctor has the most informatio […]

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Mint Hill Bridges Mall project striking out

The much-maligned Bridges at Mint Hill Mall project is no closer to a res- olution than it was when the project first began grading work in 2008.

“I have no idea, your guess is as good as mine,” Mint Hill Town Manger Brian Welch said of when construction could restart. “For three or four years now I’ve been saying, ‘When and not if,’ but there’s just nothing happening…I wish I knew more, but that’s all that I know about it.”

Welch said he doesn’t know if – or when for that matter – the project will have a resolution, and especially the one the public has been clamoring for since the project’s inception nearly a decade ago.

The Bridges at Mint Hill Mall had a bright beginning. When the 215-acre property situated off Lawyers Road near Interstate-485 was originally announced, developers had planned to construct an open-air, 1.3 million-square-foot shopping complex with a five-story hotel, a multiplex-style movie theater, at least three department stores, including Belk’s, and a pair of vehicle-pedestrian combination bridges that would lead across Goose Creek.

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