The Mooresville Board of Commissioners will have a public hearing Monday on a plan to guide growth along N.C. 3 in Iredell and Cabarrus counties.
The N.C. 3 Corridor Study recommends two major road improvements to handle an expected near-tripling in traffic by 2030.
The study also advises that development occur at targeted locations, including near Johnson Dairy Road in Iredell County and the Davidson Road-Odell School Road area in Cabarrus County.
The Davidson/Odell School road area is forecast to become a major employment/retail center for Kannapolis and northwestern Cabarrus County, according to an executive summary of the N.C. 3 study by the Centralina Council of Governments in Charlotte.
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The plan suggests also targeting development to Center Avenue in Mooresville and along a proposed east-west connector from Langtree Road at Lake Norman to N.C. 3 in Mooresville.
The south Iredell connector road should be a "suburban boulevard" accommodating pedestrians, too, the study recommends. Sidewalks with planting strips should be installed on both sides of the connector, which should also have a landscaped median, the study recommends.
The Shearers Road/Rocky River Road intersection in Iredell County should be developed into a mixed-use neighborhood residential-commercial area, as already called for in Mooresville's land use plan, the study recommends. A small shopping center anchored by a grocery store already exists at the southeast part of the intersection.
Still, access points on N.C. 3 should limited, the plan recommends, and open space actively preserved.
The plan's recommended road improvements:
A two-lane boulevard with a median from Rocky River Road and the proposed east-west connector, north into Mooresville.
N.C. 3 near Center Avenue in Mooresville should not have a median, because right-of-way would be too expensive, the plan concludes.
A four-lane rural parkway from Rocky River Road south past the Iredell-Cabarrus county line to Kannapolis Parkway.
Cabarrus County, Kannapolis, Iredell County and Mooresville discussed the need for an N.C. 3 Corridor Study in early 2007.
Mooresville and Iredell County had additional interest in a study because of a desire to address growth issues along the proposed east-west connector.
The four communities executed agreements in mid-2007 for Centralina Council of Governments to prepare the study.
Cabarrus County withdrew from the study early this year. County officials thought a more comprehensive look at transportation and land use was needed for all of northwest Cabarrus, not just the N.C. 3 corridor.
The Kannapolis Planning Commission in September recommended that the City Council adopt the study. The council has yet to vote on it.
The Iredell County Planning Board recommended in November that the county Board of Commissioners adopt the study.
The commissioners are scheduled to consider the plan at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Iredell County Government Center, 200 S. Center St. in Statesville. Any action would likely come at a future meeting, said Ron Smith, director of the Iredell County Planning & Development Department.
Mooresville's public hearing on the study is 6 p.m. Monday at Town Hall, 413 N. Main St.
The Grand ribbon cutting
The Grand in Kannapolis, a luxury apartment community beside Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, will have its ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 15.
The resort-style community is owned and managed by McClain Barr & Associates, a Summerfield-based property management and development company.
The Grand has 64 one- and two-bedroom apartments available for occupancy and will have a total of 240 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments at completion in May. The Grand has been open only about a month, and 20 apartments are already occupied, property manager Kathy Brooks said.
Apartments feature custom dark wood cabinetry with color-coordinated granite counter tops, 9-foot ceilings, crown molding, fully equipped gourmet kitchens, full-size washer and dryers and such community features as an indoor basketball court, tanning salon and a multimedia theater. Some apartments have direct garage access, Brooks said.
The Grand is offering a month's free rent, or up to $1,000, with a 12-month lease.
The Grand in Kannapolis: 4600 MBA Court, off Trinity Church Road, Concord; 704-793-1332; www.thegrandinkannapolis.com.
A 'berry' good Web site
KANNAPOLIS N.C. farmers have a new online resource to help them grow their blackberries and raspberries.
The Blackberry & Raspberry Growers Information Portal was launched recently by N.C. MarketReady, a program of N.C. State University, with a grant from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. N.C. MarketReady is based at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.
Farmers, N.C. Cooperative Extension agents and home gardeners can find research-based information specific to N.C. blackberry and raspberry production on the site. New growers will find resources specific to business startups, and home gardeners can learn berry basics.
The portal is at www.ncmarketready.org; click the tab on the left menu.