Catholic high school planned in Concord, Lake Norman area
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Sunday, May. 16, 2010

Catholic high school planned in Concord, Lake Norman area

HUNTERSVILLE The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte plans to open its second high school by the 2011-12 school year, serving the Concord-Lake Norman region.

Diocesan officials are scouting land in the N.C. 73-Sam Furr Road corridor east of Interstate 77 Exit 25, according to a May 7 story in the diocesan newspaper, The Catholic News & Herald.

The diocese is surveying parents in 23 parishes, including in Concord, Huntersville, Mooresville, Denver, Statesville and Salisbury, about their interest in the school. The survey area has about 34,000 Catholic families, the paper said.

Diocesan officials reported receiving positive input at two meetings last month at St. Mark Catholic Church in Huntersville. About 225 people attended, according to the paper. Officials plan meetings at other area parishes.

The diocese would lease and refurbish a building until a permanent one is built, likely by August 2013. Up to 150 ninth-graders would attend 2011-12; the school would add a grade each year. By fall 2014, it could enroll 600 to 800 students in grades 9-12.

The diocese posts school plans at www.charlottediocese.org/hsexpansionstatus. The survey for families is at www.surveymonkey.com/s/newhighschool.

Mooresville topped 26 cities for youth baseball complex

The owner of what could be America's largest youth invitational baseball complex said 26 cities nationwide tried to lure the project before he chose Mooresville.

Louis Presutti of Salisbury founded a smaller such complex in Cooperstown, N.Y., called Cooperstown Dreams Park. It has 22 fields and draws players from all 50 states and Canada. The new project, off Rankin Hill Road between Mooresville and Troutman, will have 25 fields.

Presutti and his business partner, Todd Hines of Mooresville, detailed their plans before receiving economic incentives last week from the Iredell County Board of Commissioners.

The commissioners voted 4-1 to provide a grant of $50,000 a year for 10 years to America's Park LLC. Commissioner Scott Keadle, who opposes government incentives for businesses, voted against the measure.

Mooresville approved a similar $500,000 incentive package for the $20 million complex May 4.

The complex is expected to generate about $33million for the Mooresville economy, said Russ Rogerson, executive director of the Mooresville-South Iredell Economic Development Corp. During youth baseball season, 80,000 people are expected to visit the area and book 100,000 hotel nights there, he said.

The complex is expected to open by 2012, employing 500 part-time summer workers, Presutti said.

Brewery receives incentives to expand Mazeppa Road plant

Carolina Beer & Beverage LLC, the Mooresville-based brewer of Carolina Blonde beer and other beverages, received an incentive grant from the Iredell County commissioners last week to add a manufacturing line at its Mazeppa Road plant for the energy drink industry.

The project will add 19 jobs immediately and up to 40 eventually, chief executive officer Michael Smith told the commissioners.

The board voted 4-1 to award a grant ranging from $51,385 to $58,395 over five years, based on the company's planned $4.4million to $5million investment. Keadle voted no.

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