Local taxpayers will help keep a longtime nonprofit housing agency afloat as it grapples with state and federal funding cutbacks.
The Mooresville Board of Commissioners voted unanimously last week to give a $30,000 "emergency appropriation" to Community Housing Development Corp. of Mooresville/South Iredell to cover its short-term operational needs. The agency provides homes for families with low to moderate incomes.
The town created the agency in 1997 and supported its operational expenses until 2000, when the agency became financially self-sufficient.
In a Dec. 2 letter to town commissioners, agency officials said state and federal funding has diminished over the past year or been channeled to nonprofit organizations that have experienced a high volume of foreclosures.
The Mooresville agency has built 24 single-family homes and served more than 1,300 people through its education program, agency officials said. "Our foreclosure rate is one of the best in the state of North Carolina, with no foreclosures," board president Grace Accursio and executive director Nydia Ferral wrote.
To repay the $30,000, the agency will pay the town $7,500 from the future sale of each of four homes in the agency's Burke Dale subdivision in the town's Cascade area.
Dove House opening
STATESVILLE Dove House Children's Advocacy Center will celebrate its new, larger location at 2407 Simonton Road with an open house from noon to 5 p.m. today.
Dedication ceremonies at 3 p.m. will include guest Mark Lunsford, who successfully pushed for federal legislation that requires tighter restrictions on sex offenders after the 2005 kidnapping and murder of his daughter, Jessica Lunsford, 9, in Homosassa, Fla.
A magnolia tree will be planted in memory of Jessica at today's dedication.
Dove House brings in law enforcement officers, medical workers and counselors to interview, examine and help child sexual assault victims before, during and after their court cases. The nonprofit agency has operated in the historic 1891 home it leases at East Broad and Elm streets.
The agency averages five or six newly reported cases of child sexual assault per week in Iredell and Alexander counties, said Jack Grossman, Dove House fundraising chairperson and a board member.
Details: www.Dove House.us .
Incentives in Mooresville
MOORESVILLE Property owners who invest at least $300,000 in downtown Mooresville buildings could soon be eligible for financial incentives from the town.
The Mooresville Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote on the incentives at its Jan. 4 meeting at Town Hall, 413 N. Main St. The board discussed the incentives at its regular meeting last week and decided to vote on them next month to give the town staff time to tweak some of the language. The meeting will be at 6 p.m.
One incentive would cut in half the cost of utility connection fees, a potential $15,000 savings, said Russ Rogerson, executive director of the Mooresville-South Iredell Economic Development Corp.
A separate Downtown Mooresville Redevelopment Incentive would be a cash grant based on the increase to the appraised value of the property.
Over two years after the project is completed, the town would grant the property owner a cash incentive equal to 100percent of the town taxes paid for the first calendar year after the investment is made, and up to 70percent of the town taxes paid for the second year.
N.C. 3 plan gets support
MOORESVILLE Both the Mooresville and Iredell County boards of commissioners unanimously endorsed a plan last week to guide growth along N.C. 3 in Iredell and Cabarrus counties.
The N.C. 3 Corridor Study recommends retaining the route's rural flavor as much as possible, but it also identifies areas where development and major road improvements should occur.
Cabarrus County withdrew from the study early this year. County officials said they wanted a more comprehensive look at transportation and land use for all of northwest Cabarrus.
The Kannapolis Planning Commission and the Mooresville and Iredell County planning boards also have endorsed the N.C. 3 study. The Kannapolis City Council has yet to vote on it.