Mint Hill considers regional consortium

“CONNECT Our Future: Vibrant Communities—Robust Region” is a process that seeks to create a regional growth framework for development among communities across a 14-county wide area in North and South Carolina.

The three-year process utilizes input from counties, communities, non-profit organizations, businesses, educators, and other organizations to form the plan and is funded by a $4.9 million federal grant and $3 million in local matching funds.

Jim Prosser, executive director at Centralina Council of Governments, gave a presentation of the program at the October 25 meeting of the Mint Hill town commission.

“The basic purpose of this effort is to establish a regional framework for how all the cities and the counties are going to grow for the next 30 to 50 years,” Prosser said.

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New mall coming to 485 and Idlewild

Simon Property Group and Paragon Outlet Partners are teaming up to bring a new outlet mall to Stallings at the corner of I485 and Idlewild Road.

The 400,000-square-foot mall is a joint venture between the two companies, and will house about 100 designer and name brand stores.

The project plans to break ground in the spring of 2013, with opening slated for sometime in 2014.

Despite Simon and Paragon signing a letter of intent, Stallings town manager Brian Matthews said that no formal request to build has been received by the town.

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Town Commission holds first meeting in new town hall

Raymond Hait, of the Military Order of the Purple Heart presents the organization’s plan to place a Purple Heart memorial at the Park on Fairview. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

 

Thursday, October 26 marked the first meeting of the Mint Hill Town Commission in the new town hall.

The commission heard presentations from either side of the “CONNECT Our Future: Vibrant Communities—Robust Region” program, which is a process for local government, businesses, and other organizations to create a regional plan for development.

The program is support- ed by a $4.9 million dollar HUD grant and a $3 million of local public and private matching funds, and affects a 14-county area, including Mecklenburg, Gaston, Stanly, Union, and Cabarrus counties. Lynette Rinker, mayor pro tem and commissioner of the town of Cornelius, gave a presentation on why Cornelius denied joining the program, citing federal control of local issues.

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Local towns discuss economic park options

Town Manager Brian Welch speaks at the October 3 called meeting of the commissioners of Mint Hill, Indian Trail, Matthews, and Stallings. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

On October 3, commissioners from Mint Hill, Matthews, Indian Trail, and Stallings met to discuss the potential advantages of grouping together to further economic initiatives in the community by establishing an economic partnership between the towns.

Presentations were given on how partnerships are planned, built, and managed, what advantages they offer to the communities involved, and how that could possibly benefit the four municipalities.

No action was taken at the meeting, but the idea of such a collaboration was discussed and action could be taken in the future.

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Collins Cleaners supports breast cancer awareness month

Collins Cleaners in Mint Hill is donating $5 per comforter cleaned for the month of October to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Collins Cleaners in Mint Hill is doing their part.

For the month of October, Collins Cleaners is running a comforter special, offering half price to clean comforters and donating five dollars of each sale to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

The cost of the service is $15 and each comforter is cleaned with hypoallergenic soap, three wash and three rinse cycles, and a free storage bag is included with each purchase.

Vicki Moore is the man- ager of the Mint Hill Collins Cleaners and is trying to reach $500 in donations this month. With already 20 comforters cleaned and $100 donated, Moore is confident that she will meet her goal.

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Daphne’s Bakery moves to new home

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The new home of Daphne’s Simply Southern Bakery on Matthews-Mint Hill Road is ready to serve treats to the Mint Hill com- munity. PHOTOS BY DEREK LACEY

Daphne’s Simply Southern Bakery, which has been serving confections from their location in the McEwen shopping Center at 11211 Lawyers Road since 2008, will be starting a new tradition at 7609 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

Equipment and supplies were moved to the new location and set up Monday and Tuesday, and Daphne’s was serving treats from their new home by Wednesday, October 10.

Since buying the building in April of this year, Daphne’s has been gearing up to move the operation to the new building, originally constructed as a bank.

Adding a wall here, removing a wall there, installing pink floors and turning a vault into a pantry, the building eventually began to look more like a bakery than a bank.

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