Work will begin this spring on a major new Mooresville park that will have the first ballfields on the side of town west of Interstate 77.
The Mooresville Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed Monday to award a construction contract for Cornelius Road Park to T.K. Browne Construction Co., which built the first phase of the town's Bellingham Park and has started on Mazeppa Park.
Cornelius Road Park will include two ballfields, six tennis courts, two trails and open space that could someday be developed for soccer.
The board agreed to spend about $2.6million in voter-approved recreation bonds on Cornelius Road Park.
The board at the same time agreed to trim such plans for the park as two additional ballfields, which would have cost $623,000.
The commissioners will put those savings toward other parks.
The town staff will draw up a list of other park priorities and bring it to the board for consideration, Town Manager Steve Husemann said.
Commissioner Chris Carney said the two ballfields planned for Cornelius Road Park will be the first ones west of Main Street.
Wanda McKenzie, Mooresville director of parks and recreation, said officials plan to break ground on the park sometime this spring.
Brawley School Road widening has stopped. What's up?
MOORESVILLE Wondering why work stopped several months ago on expanding Brawley School Road to four lanes and has yet to resume?
Blame the weather, said Dan Grissom, construction engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation highway division that oversees work in Iredell County.
Crews can't grade and lay asphalt in such cold, rainy and snowy conditions, Grissom said.
Motorists may wonder why bulldozers and other equipment are out in force along another stretch of the two-lane road, where the state is building an Interstate 77 interchange.
Work at that interchange - the future I-77 Exit 35 - involves tree removal, a phase that happened about two years ago on the stretch of Brawley School Road where work has stopped, Grissom said.
But not until the cold and miserable weather finally relents can work proceed to widen the road to four lanes, officials said.
Site Selection magazine says Statesville-Mooresville tops again
Site Selection magazine has named Statesville and Mooresville America's No. 1 "micropolitan" area in 2009 for new and expanding industrial facilities.
The magazine is the official publication of the Industrial Asset Management Council.
The Statesville-Mooresville area won the economic development award for the seventh time in eight years. The communities recorded 20 projects that had an investment of at least $1million each in 2009. The next closest micropolitan communities, Wooster, Ohio, and Pottsville, Pa., reported 13 such projects.
Micropolitans are cities with populations between 10,000 and 50,000.
Huntersville boards to discuss 2010 Community Plan Update
HUNTERSVILLE The Huntersville Board of Commissioners and Huntersville Planning Board will have a joint meeting to launch the 2010 Huntersville Community Plan Update at 6 p.m. Monday at the Town Hall, 101 Huntersville-Concord Road.
Last updated in 2003, the plan sets the vision and policy for land use and development in the town, project manager Zac Gordon said.
Economic development group launches fundraising effort
HUNTERSVILLE The nonprofit Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corp. will launch a three-year fundraising campaign with a kickoff event 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at XO Tapas Wine Bar, 19701 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius .
Leaders intend to raise $600,000 from the private sector for the organization's economic development efforts.
ElectriCities and Ingersoll Rand already have committed at least $50,000 over the three years. Griffin Brothers, Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville and Wachovia Bank have each committed between $10,000 and $24,999.
To attend, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mooresville Museum to unveil renovation plans
MOORESVILLE The Mooresville Museum on Tuesday will unveil its plans to renovate the downtown Charles Mack and Sons building to accommodate an active museum.
Museum officials will discuss the plans at their annual meeting at 7 p.m. in the Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St.
For several months, Adams + Associates Architecture has worked with the museum's building committee on transforming the historic warehouse building. The architects have developed an estimated budget that includes design, construction and administrative costs. They will present the estimates Tuesday night.
Christian Mission moving this week
MOORESVILLE Volunteers have been sanding and painting walls and doing other renovations to the old Ford building on Broad Street downtown, as Mooresville Christian Mission prepares to move in Saturday. To help, call 704-664-2357.