Mint Hill man’s complaint nets $78,000 fine

Bluenc.com blogs about Mint Hill’s Thomas Strini who filed two complaints with the Federal Election Commission that cost the National Association of Realtors a nice chunk of change.

From BlueNC.com:

In a little noticed action in 2007 the National Association of Realtors was fined $78,000 by the Federal Election Commission for violations of election law including $282,500 spent on mailings and advertisements expressly advocating the election of Richard Burr for Senate in 2004.

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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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It’s not just MH’s mall that’s stalled

General Growth said to Mayor Ted Biggers and Town Manager Brian Welch the Bridges at Mint Hill is being delayed so offsite work can catch up with onsite work. Apparently, Mint Hill is not the only town where General Growth has stalled a mall project. Elk Grove Promenade is “on hold,” according to the Elk Grove Citizen newspaper in California. Rumor is that General Growth has also put the breaks on a billion dollar project in Las Vegas.

General Growth releases its second quarter earnings tomorrow after the market closes. We should know more by then.

Read more in Thursday’s Mint Hill Times.

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Hernandez charity softball tournament

A charity softball tournament at Frank Liske Park in Concord starts August 4 to raise money for Greg Hernandez’s family. He was killed April 11. The event features a silent auction and raffle, and the proceeds will be donated to the Hernandez’s wife Marla and her four children.

Teams should register by August 1 to enter the 10-day tournament. The entry fee is $200. For more information, call Mark Tracy at 704-743-5187 or click here.

Read more in Thursday’s Mint Hill Times.

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What will Mint Hill’s new town hall look like?

A design for Mint Hill’s new town hall could be approved by the Board of Commissioners tonight. The new town hall is a two-story structure made of brick—something more traditional than the current structure—but there are no specific design details yet.

The board discusses the project at 6:30 pm in town hall with architect David Creech and his team. The public can attend, but it cannot comment during the meeting.

Find out how the project progresses July 31 in The Mint Hill Times.

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Doubts about mall project moving forward

General Growth claims the off-site and on-site work were not in sync, and that grading was going too fast. Urban Planet forum posters express doubt about the reasons given for the halt of Bridges at Mint Hill construction at Lawyers Road and I-485. The poster says:

That’s an interesting excuse and it’s rubbish. It’s no doubt due to the economy and the fact that General Growth, the developer, is having major issues in these seized up capital markets trying to get refinancing on its $billions of debt maturing over the next two years. Being that the company is now devoting full attention to its existing stabilized portfolio of malls, I predict this project will be on hold until 2010 at the earliest or may just outright die.

Mall developers told Town Manager Brian Welch construction will begin again at the first of the year. Stay tuned…

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