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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New town hall looks elegant, but…

…dare we say a touch boring? Readers of The Mint Hill Times are also telling us it looks too much like Matthews’ town hall. There’s not too many fans of the current town hall design–the glassy modern (and somewhat environmentally friendly) building–but it distinguished itself among other town halls in Mecklenburg County.

Oh well, can’t have the cake and eat it too.

Here’s the first floor-plan (preliminary plan, the architects and town officials stress). Over all, it’s going to be a huge upgrade to downtown Mint Hill.

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MH’s Edwards named to SPAC

Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) announced today the addition of Robin Edwards to its South Piedmont Advisory Council, which comprises Cabarrus, Gaston, Mecklenburg and Union counties.
Edwards, who is a the human resources director for the Town of Mint Hill, will be a part of LGFCU’s volunteer-driven initiative not only to educate people on the benefits of Credit Union membership, but also to relay feedback to management regarding available/potentially available products and services, delivery of service and member needs.

Advisory Council members, who represent the philosophical character of the Credit Union and contribute their time without compensation, function as LGFCU’s eyes and ears throughout the state, serving as liaisons between Credit Union members and non-members and LGFCU management.

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Design inches forward on new town hall

Progress was made last night on the new town hall. Board members met with architects for more than an hour discussing the project’s design. The board chamber will be open to the second story, but nobody can view a meeting from upstairs for security reasons.

The exterior features a four-column portico on both sides of the building with large arched windows on each side of the portico. Town Manager Brian Welch claimed one of those corner offices immediately, but Commissioner Lloyd Austin jokingly suggested suspending the town manager’s office above the board chamber.

There is no date set for the next design workshop.

More on the new town hall in Thursday’s Mint Hill Times.

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