Mint Hill resident pushing for more pedestrian access to downtown

Ty Cain speaks to the Board about the need for bike paths in Mint Hill

Ty Cain speaks to the Board about the need for bike paths in Mint Hill

Ty Cain lives in Olde Sycamore in Mint Hill, and to venture downtown he has to load the car up and drive the short trip, since the stretch on Highway 218 is too dangerous. He has the same problem even going to the Mint Hill Park at Fairview, only a mile or so from his house.

Cain is pushing for running/walking/biking lanes to connect the big neighborhoods of Mint Hill to the downtown area. Olde Sycamore, Plantation Falls, Ashe Plantation, Country Woods East, Cheval, Heathfield and Mint Lake Village are all among the neighborhoods that could benefit from peestian access to downtown.

Highway 218, according to Cain, has become a sort of de facto Monroe bypass for truckers coming off of I485 and heading south, allowing them to skip the traffic of Monroe. This has made Hwy. 218 that much more unwelcoming to bikes and pedestrians.

Cain started a Facebook page, WBR (walk, bike, run) Mint Hill, which started getting likes as soon as it went up, and at time of this writing, the page has 67 likes, all community members looking to improve pedestrian access from the neighborhoods in Mint Hill to downtown.

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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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