School of rock (and classical, jazz, etc.) is almost in session

Ziliani at her baby grand piano.

Regina Ziliani, 35, has taught piano since she was a teenager. When she moved to Mint Hill five years ago with her husband Jeff, she taught out of her home off Lebanon Road. But when the house became more of a studio than a home, she decided to open the Charlotte Academy of Music at the corner of Idlewild Road and Interstate 485. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Madness is almost here…

Town maintenance workers beutify Matthews-Mint Hill Road in preparation for Mint Hill Madness next month.

Town maintenance workers beautify Matthews-Mint Hill Road preparing for Mint Hill Madness next month.

Wow, it’s almost Mint Hill Madness time again. How do we know? The town’s maintenance crew is already at work making sure the parade route looks nice. The crew was out this morning creating a mini-dust storm along Matthews-Mint Hill Road, weed-eating and mowing. A street-cleaning truck and blower followed closely to get the dirt and grass clippings.

Mint Hill Madness is September 26-28 at the Park on Fairview (Hwy. 218) in Mint Hill. The Madness parade begins at 9:30 am on September 27. Check with Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce if you have any questions.

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Meck mayors support bond

WFAE reports Mint Hill, Matthews, and Pineville mayors are urging support for the November bond. Green space is the issue, according to Matthews mayor Lee Myers. The money from the bond will help towns preserve land for parks, ball fields and natural areas.

Mint Hill has mucho green space, but keeping it is another story. Mecklenburg County has two pieces of land for planned parks in or close to Mint Hill. One is the Ezell Farm property located at the corner of Matthews-Mint Hill Road and Mintwood Drive. The other is a planned natural area near I-485.

To the left, Mecklenburg County’s Greenway Master Plan. Above, a close up of how this plan will affect Mint Hill.

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Town officials tell Wal-Mart no thanks

It’s not looking good for Wal-Mart moving to Mint Hill. The retail giant had eyes on some land at the intersection of Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road and Albemarle Road. At the July 17 developers meeting, Commissioners told Wal-Mart developers Lauth Property Group they’ll listen, but don’t count on coming to Mint Hill. The land is not properly zoned, and it doesn’t fit with the long term plan for that area of the town.

Mint Hill Senior Planner Karen Dunn reaffirmed Mint Hill’s hesitation in an email to Keith H. MacVean of the humongous law firm King and Spalding:

Keith,

Staff received the following comments regarding Lauth’s proposed 60 acre retail development on Albemarle Road:

  • The existing zoning of the proposed site is predominately residential with some General Business along Albemarle Road and is designated as “Office Park” on the Future Land Use Map. With the proposed hospital being planned in the near vicinity, some Board members suggested that the property may be suited for future medical offices and support facilities.
  • Concern with adding any additional traffic on Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road
  • The current Land Use Plan is more than 10 years old and is in need of an overall revision. At the February 2008 Board of Commissioner’s Retreat, the Board unanimously agreed to update the Plan and also fund Small Area Plan studies in the coming year.

In general, the project was not given positive support from the Board of Commissioners.

If you decide to proceed with the project, the property will need to be rezoned prior to sketch plan review. Applications for map amendments may be downloaded from the website at www.minthill.com. The submittal deadline is the third Thursday of each month to be received by the Board of Commissioners the following month.

Wal-Mart will not go quietly. That’s a given. But the retail giant has an up hill battle getting a store built in Mint Hill.

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