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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.


Mint Hill Board holds meeting to discuss 2015-16 budget

By Leah Schmalz

Last Tuesday the Board of Commissioners met for a special called meeting to discuss the budget for fiscal year 2015-2016. Town Administrator Brian Welch reviewed the proposed budget, which totals $12,951,436. Last year the budget totaled $12,578,878.

The manager recommendation for the general fund decreased from $11,639,898 last year to $11,235,238. The decrease is […]

Mint Hill holds retreat to review future goals

By Leah Schmalz

Mint Hill members of council and staff met Friday and Saturday to review priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. One of the highlights was a presentation from Robert Bush, president of the Arts and Science Council (ASC).

The ASC is changing its approach with a new cultural vision plan that includes goals like increasing programming for students from pre-k through 12th grade, restoring in- and out-of-school field trips at no cost and bringing the arts to areas that are underserved, including Mint Hill. “We want to expand deeper into the county to make sure everyone has access across the community,” Bush said.

The plan requests an increase in the monetary contribution from local communities. By 2020, ASC hopes to secure $1.30 per capita from each supporting community, which amounts to about $42,000 for Mint Hill. The increase would be gradual, starting with a jump from the current contribution of $10,000 to $16,000 for next fiscal year. Over the next 10 years, ASC plans to develop a source of revenue from the public sector that would replace and expand upon contributions from the towns, city and county.

By |March 15th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Breakiing News, Development, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|1 Comment

Mint Hill Chamber hears hospital update

By Charles Kelleher Harris
At the monthly Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce member luncheon, members were updated on the progress of the Novant Hospital construction. 
The guest speaker was Mike Riley, President of Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital. He  will head up development and construction of the Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center. Riley will also be hospital administrator at the new location just outside Mint Hill town limits. 
“Mint Hill is a tremendous place to be,” Riley told Chamber members. “It is a growth center.” 
Before offering an update on development and  actual construction of the new hospital, Riley offered an overview of Novant Health Systems. 

By |January 29th, 2015|Around Town, Breakiing News, Development, Featured Posts, Real Estate|1 Comment