At a glance: Town projects

Novant Mint Hill

Novant Health, formerly Presbyterian, is still on track to break ground on their new location in Mint Hill in 2014, and to complete the hospital in 2016, two years earlier than the initial plans. The location, at Albemarle and I485, will cost approximately $90 million, at 165,000 square feet. The original plan called for a larger and more expensive structure, but the scaled-down version will still have the same number of beds and offer the same services. At a Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce luncheon in November, Roland Bibeau, president of Novant Matthews, said the location would still be a full-service community hospital.

 

Bridges at Mint Hill

The latest development in the stalled mall project, Bridges at Mint Hill, came at a January Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting, where the board adopted a resolution to request assistance from the North Carolina General Assembly and the North Carolina Department of Transportation to fund roadway improvements along Lawyers Road at Interstate 485 for the development. The project began in 2008, but after problems with layout and environmental concerns, as well as a faltering economy, the project was put on hold. Work could resume as early as the end of the year.

 

Mint Hill Police Department renovation

Work is continuing on schedule to transform the old Mint Hill Town Hall into the New Mint Hill Police Department, with the completion date of fall 2013 still intact. The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners approved a $2 million budget at a March meeting, and work on the renovation began shortly after. The project is being handled by Edifice Inc., the same company that led the construction of the new town hall. The renovation includes a number of new features for the building, including street-facing parking spaces, closing in the breezeway, and transforming the commissioner’s meeting space to a conference room.

 

Korean War Veterans Memorial

The Korean War Veterans Memorial at The Park on Fairview, being built by Chapter 265 of the North Carolina Korean War Veteran’s Association, was originally scheduled to be completed in Summer of 2012. As of January this year, construction was at 85 percent completion, with small details like handicap railing, Astroturf carpeting, and more pavers waiting to be installed. The dedication date has not been finalized, but June 25, the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the war in 1953 is being considered.

 

New Bain Elementary

Construction on the new Bain Elementary facility is on track to finish JUne 14, when an opening ceremony will be held. On May 30, the school will host a fundraising recap event, where parents who bought bricks to help with school construction will be able to locate their bricks in the new facility. Starting next year, Bain students will attend school in the new building. Work began on the new building in early 2012, at a cost of approximately $15.3 million to Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. The building is a two-story, 82,000 square foot facility, with labs and media center, and even a rock climbing wall in the gymnasium.

 

Library Hours

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Mint Hill recently changed their hours of operation. The library is now open on Mondays, from 10 am to 8 pm and closed all day Thursday. Previously, the library was open on Thursday afternoon due to volunteer efforts and closed all day on Mondays.

 

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Walking by Faith Church purchases land for new church

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Walking by Faith Ministry Church has purchased property for a new church, and work is beginning to build a church of their own.

The congregation presently meets for Sunday services in the chapel of Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church, but at the end of April, will move to Crown Point Elementary School in Matthews, holding their first service there on May 5. The move is an effort to be closer to the community they serve, and the community where their new church building will be.

Church members will be canvassing the neighborhood and sending out postcards prior to that first Sunday service at Crown Point.

The church was established in 2004, and today consists of around 80 members, led by Pastor Alvin Denson, retired Army and director of ROTC at Mallard Creek.

The 5.5-acre lot purchased by the church is at the corner of Sam Newell and Rice roads in Mint Hill, and was bought at foreclosure for $42,000, while market price estimates closer to $300,000, according to Larry Miller, vice president and business manager, as well as deacon for the church.

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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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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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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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