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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Library’s Strategic Plan discussed at community forum

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Citizens and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library officials met at the Mint Hill branch library for a community forum Thursday, February 7, to discuss the future of the library.

The meeting was the last in a series of community forums at various library branches, all with the same goal of gathering community input on the library’s three-year strategic plan.

Topics discussed ranged from uses of meeting rooms, available materials, and operating hours, among many other topics.

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Reedy Creek Nature Center visits the library

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Children gathered at the library last Thursday to learn about nocturnal animals.  Heather Reid from Reedy Creek Nature Center taught the young naturalists about the barred owl’s sight, the skunk’s defense mechanism, the bat’s echolocation, and the necessity of beetles and millipedes for a forest’s ecosystem.  The children had the opportunity to ask questions and touch pelts, feathers, scales, and bugs.  Popcorn, the corn snake, was popular among the eager learners.  The Reedy Creek Nature Center provides these specimens and more at no cost.  For more information call 704-432-6459.  The library will host another natural program this summer.  The Nature Lady’s interactive ornithological program will be July 19.  For more information about library programs call 704-416-5200.

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