At a public informational workshop Thursday, residents can learn about the town's plans to build a bridge over Interstate 77 to connect Midnight Lane and Oates Road, just north of traffic-packed N.C. 150 and I-77 Exit 36.
Linking the roads will help reduce congestion on N.C. 150, town officials say.
The new artery also would accommodate new commercial activity along Oates Road.
The project has no funding, but the town's plan is to pay for the work through a voluntary assessment on commercial property owners only.
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At least 66percent of the property owners would have to agree to participate before the project could proceed. The Mooresville Board of Commissioners also would have to approve the project.
The Midnight Lane and Oates Road corridors have 28 commercially zoned properties, according to the Mooresville Planning Department.
Commercial property owners would pay 75percent of the project's costs, and the town would cover the rest. The town would be repaid through property taxes from new development near the bridge, according to the department.
The Oates Road-Midnight Lane connection is included in the Mooresville Comprehensive Transportation Plan, which the state Department of Transportation adopted in June 2008.
Residents can review and comment on the plans at Thursday's workshop, which will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the town board room at Town Hall, 413 N. Main St.
West Catawba project undecided
CORNELIUS Two Cornelius commissioners plan to meet with a Huntersville developer over concerns about aesthetics related to the proposed Fountain Court at Edinburgh Square project.
White Oak Group LLC wants to construct three commercial-residential buildings at West Catawba Avenue and Edinburgh Square Drive. But some commissioners are concerned about traffic effects and the appropriateness of residential balconies facing the town's main thoroughfare, West Catawba Avenue.
Commissioners deferred a decision last week on a zoning request that would allow for the project.
Commissioners Lynette Rinker and Chuck Travis will meet with the developer to discuss the project's design.
Commissioner Jim Bensman said he would meet with town staff to review a traffic analysis that he said is confusing.
"The bottom line is that we are determined to approve an A project, not settle for a C- or a D simply because of the recession or impatience," commissioner Dave Gilroy added in his e-mail newsletter to constituents.
'Focus Friday' topic: Land use
CORNELIUS The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will host a free "Focus Friday" presentation at 8 a.m. Friday on Lake Norman land-use and transportation recommendations made by a panel of experts from the Urban Land Institute.
The institute is a nonprofit research and education organization.
The panel convened in January to discuss Lake Norman growth issues with local and county elected officials, town planners and staff, economic developers and transportation officials.
Sharing the recommendations will be Brian Jenest, chairman of the Lake Norman Transportation Commission, and Carroll Gray, executive director of the commission.
The meeting will be in the chamber's second-floor board room, 19900 W. Catawba Ave.
Hospice adding patient beds
STATESVILLE Gordon Hospice House plans to add six patient bedrooms to its nine-bed facility near Interstates 77 and 40.
Officials with Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County announced the expansion at their Feb. 13 Willing Hearts Helping Hands Charity Ball in Mooresville.
Rick Howard of the Langtree Group and Ed Marxen of Piedmont Bank co-chaired a $2.5million capital campaign for the expansion.
Because of lower construction costs due to the economy, the fundraising effort is now a $1.8million campaign, Hospice officials said.
Seventy-five percent of the revised goal has been raised, said Walter Jones, a Mooresville lawyer and the Hospice board chairman.
Details: 704-663-0051; 704-873-4719; www.HospiceOfIredell.org.
Concord plans cemetery cleanup
CONCORD The city's annual cemetery cleanup will be March 1-5, and city officials ask residents to remove flowers, vases, flags or other items they wish to keep from the gravesites before March 1.
Personal items can be returned after March 5. Details: Charles Carithers at 704-786-8212.
Iredell to consider LKN bicycle plan
STATESVILLE The Iredell County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to review and consider endorsing the Lake Norman Regional Bicycle Plan on March 2.
The board will meet at 7 p.m. at the Iredell County Government Center, 200 S. Center St.
The plan would be the state's first such network of bicycle lanes and paths connecting parks, downtowns, a lake and other destinations.
Several other governments recently endorsed the plan, including the Cornelius, Mooresville and Lincoln County boards of commissioners.
The N.C. Board of Transportation in Raleigh, which has final say, will hear about the plan in March and could vote on it in April.
Route signs could go up around the lake this summer.
For more details about the plan, visit www.lakenormanrpo.org and click "Lake Norman RBP" on the home page.