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Posted: Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009

Crescent community earns Audubon award

Joe Marusak
Published in: Regional News

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CONCORD Circle at Concord Mills, a Crescent Resources apartment community off Interstate 85, Exit 49, has become the nation's first multifamily development to be certified by Audubon International as an “Audubon Signature Sanctuary,” Audubon officials said.

Surrounded by 30 acres of preserved woods and wetlands, Circle at Concord Mills opened in April off Concord Mills Boulevard and Thunder Road.

Crescent worked with sustainability consultants from Audubon Environmental on the design, construction and long-term management plan of the complex. Audubon International is a not-for-profit environmental education organization.

“Circle at Concord Mills demonstrates that by using sound design and construction principles, multifamily projects can be an example of environmental and economic success,” Audubon Environmental president Miles Smart said in a news release.

Crescent Resources is also pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the community's clubhouse. It has low-energy doors and windows, low-emissions carpet and paint, water-efficient and native landscaping and recycled building materials.

Circle at Concord Mills has 312 apartments on 52 acres, including the 30 preserved acres. Apartments lease from $697 to $1,210. Details: 704-549-8161;

Rotary Club to build community playground

The Concord Rotary Club is planning to build a playground accessible to children and families regardless of physical abilities and special needs.

Members plan to buy and install fully accessible playground equipment at McGee Park, off Cabarrus Avenue.

The club has begun a fundraising drive for the $130,000 project.

“While the current playground meets federal ADA requirements, this equipment will support a diverse selection of wheelchairs, varied physical impairments and limited mobility of the participants,” project chairwoman Debby Abernathy said.

For more details, call J.C. McKenzie at 704-786-8209 or Abernathy at 704-782-7676.

Agreement reached in Wallace Farm case

Facing a $10,500 state penalty, Wallace Farm Inc. has taken steps to eliminate strong odors from its composting facility at 14410 Eastfield Road, state environmental officials announced last week.

Last fall, the N.C. Division of Waste Management levied the penalty in connection with odors that had drawn complaints from neighbors. Last week the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said it reached an agreement with Wallace Farm that calls for changes that will continue to reduce or eliminate odors.

Wallace Farm, for instance, eliminated a feedstock in February that could have been an odor source, according to the agreement.

Wallace Farm has started various other measures to reduce odor. The agreement allows the Division of Waste Management to continue to inspect Wallace Farm and take action on any new or repeated violations. Wallace Farm has denied any violation occurred and admitted no liability in the agreement.

Lake Norman Home Builders wins five national awards

The Lake Norman Home Builders Association won five of six national awards at the Executive Officer Council 2009 Awards Banquet Aug. 13 in Louisville, Ky.

The association won for best Web site, its Best of the Lake Design Competition, its 2008 Lake Norman Parade of Homes Plan Book, its Big Hunt Membership Drive and the LNHBA University.

About 800 associations nationwide competed for the awards. LNHBA executive officer Larry Airey, accepted the awards.

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