Mint Hill Board of Commissioners hears plans on development

Before the normal Mint Hill Board of commissioners meeting last Thursday, January 10, the town held their quarterly developer’s workshop, hearing presentations from several area land developers.

The board heard from Jerry Helms regarding Blair Road Development, Chris Isaacs regarding Mint Hill Commons development, and Brian Jackson regarding modifications to the Summerwood Community’s architecture requirements. 

Helms presented preliminary plans for an area of land owned by a number of residents, and potential uses for the land include a retirement community and a retail shopping space.
“I’m afraid if we develop Lawyer’s Road, we develop 218, we develop Blair Road, it’s going to turn Mint Hill and the outer belt into a nightmare,” said Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers, speaking of the potential development for a retail shopping complex along 485 in Mint Hill. “So at this point, I’m not encouraging this project. I think there are components of it that may be viable down the road, but this project is one big project that  I’m just not encouraged by.”
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Economic development center of discussion at commission meeting

Dale Stewart, of Aberdeen, Carolina and Western Railroad addresses the commission. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Two agenda items, focused on economic development in Mint Hill, took center stage at the town commission’s meeting November 15.

A public hearing was held on a petition filed by Albemarle Road Associates for a change of conditions. ARA filed the petition to create a list of by-right uses for industrial rail development for a 65-acre section of the Clear Creek Business Park.

“This is about industrial development from the standpoint of bringing jobs and tax base to the Mint Hill area,” said Dale Stewart, of Aberdeen, Carolina and Western Railroad.

The petition would be a step toward streamlining the process for new industry to come to the business park, separating an area for rail use only, and preparing that area for rail-based industries.

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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 bus service will connect Mint Hill and Matthews

 

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Here are the stop for the new bus service in Mint Hill and Matthews.

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) announced last week it has a two year grant to operate a shuttle two days per week in the Matthews and Mint Hill area. The shuttle will operated Tuesday and Thursdays, 9 am to 11 am and 2 pm to 4:30 pm. CATS is flexible in terms of time adjustments, but must know relatively quickly to get the service up and running by June. The current stops are: Lawyer’s Glen Living Center, Mint Hill Festival Shopping Center (stop at Lawyers/Hwy.51), Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care Center, Levine Senior Center (on Northwest Parkway unless inside complex lot is better), Windsor Square Shopping Center/Sycamore Commons Shopping Center (on Windsor Square Dr.) and the Park and Ride near Sam Newell Road/Independence Pt. Parkway to allow connections to other transit bus services throughout Mecklenburg County.
The CATS Transit Planner, Ramond Robinson, 704-353-0018, has some flexibility with adding more stops, but needs to get some idea of the ridership interest in this community. The cost to ride this shuttle is $0.70 one way ($0.35 for seniors and disabled). The Mint Hill – Matthews Shuttle is scheduled to begin the week of June 6, 2011. Interested parties should call 704-353-0018 for more information.

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Gas prices up 7 cents in the past week

 

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It’s news that we don’t want to hear—not before the summer driving season begins when gas prices traditionally rise. Because of disturbances in the Middle East, oil speculators, and high demand, average retail gasoline prices in the Charlotte area have risen 7.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.83 per gallon as of Monday. This compares with the national average that has increased 7.1 cents per gallon in the last week according to gasoline price website CharlotteGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Charlotte during the past week, prices yesterday were $1.04 per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 20.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 29.2 cents per gallon during the last month.

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Oakboro Cruise-In and Burnout this weekend

The Oakboro Cruise-In & Burnout will be held on Friday, April 22. If the weather is nice, volunteer organizers expect up to 6,000 people to attend. The event offers cars and music in an historic downtown setting and a friendly atmosphere. 

The Oakboro Cruise-In & Burnout is in its eighth season.

If weather is holds up, cars start arriving after lunch. However, the official hours are 5-9:30 pm. The burnout will starts at 9 pm.

Food vendors and souvenir concessions will be set up. Restaurants and retail stores will be open. The public is encouraged to purchase 50/50 tickets. Proceeds go towards the operation and promotion of the event and help provide scholarships for local high school students.

The Cruise-In is held in downtown Oakboro on NC Hwy. 205 between Albemarle and Charlotte. It is one of the largest cruise-ins held in a small North Carolina downtown.

For information, visit the Oakboro Cruise-In on Facebook, email info@oakborocruisein.com, log onto www.OakboroCruiseIn.com or call Jerry Crayton at 704-467-4992.

 

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