Blythe Landing Sailing Center plans to add several rustic buildings to its 24 acres off N.C. 73 on Lake Norman and a covered deck and patio to the log cabin it uses for sailing classes and storage.
The Cornelius Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 last week to approve a change to the center's conditional-use permit to allow the additions.
Larry Vitez of the center said officials have no timetable for when the buildings will be added and have yet to raise money for their construction, although he's confident the center can raise whatever is needed.
The center is focused more on obtaining the necessary permits for its proposed dock, Vitez told the board.
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Duke Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission must approve the dock, which would be directly in front of a proposed 3,750-square-foot building that would house rowing shells and a sail loft.
That building is one of three that commissioners approved as part of the permit change.
A 780-square-foot building would serve as a shower house, and a 240-square-foot building would store small boats.
Vitez also updated commissioners on the center's operations, saying, "It's been a great run" since the center opened last year as a public-private partnership with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation.
No public money is used to finance the center and its programs, which have cost about $150,000 so far, Vitez said.
The center now has two full-time employees.
It has 22 students in a scholastic sailing program that began last week and plans to partner with the Lake Norman YMCA on an adaptive sailing program for people with disabilities, he said.
The center put 225 to 250 people in boats through its various programs last year and hopes to raise that number to 500 this year, Vitez said.
Dale Earnhardt Plaza bricks available
KANNAPOLIS The city is offering new brick packages for the Dale Earnhardt tribute site on Main Street.
Fans can purchase one brick for $33 or three bricks for $88.
Proceeds will help complete the site as originally designed, said Gary Mills, Kannapolis Parks & Recreation director.
Order forms are available at www.cityofkannapolis.com. Click on the forms and documents section of the Parks & Recreation Web page.
For more details, call the Kannapolis Parks & Recreation Department at 704-920-4343.
Community-built park to celebrate opening
MOORESVILLE Hope Park, Mooresville's community-built playground outside Lowe's YMCA, will have its grand opening Saturday, including an 11:30 a.m. butterfly release.
The celebration will be in conjunction with the YMCA's annual Healthy Kids Day.
About 1,000 volunteers spent 74 hours building the motorsports-themed park March 10-14.
Details: www.buildhope park.org .
Bottlenecked West Wilson could see relief soon
MOORESVILLE The Mooresville Board of Commissioners is scheduled to award a contract of up to $144,690 Monday to Pedulla Trucking, Excavating and Paving to extend the right and left-turn lanes on West Wilson Avenue approaching U.S. 21.
The extension is expected to alleviate long traffic backups on West Wilson approaching the traffic signal at U.S. 21.
The town will pay for the project with remaining money from bonds approved in 2005.
Pedulla will start the project Tuesday, pending the board's approval at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Town Hall, 413 N. Main St., Mooresville, Engineering Manager Ryan Rase said. The firm expects to complete the work within 60 days, Rase said.
Lowe's awards grant for library garden gazebo
MOORESVILLE The Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant toward a garden gazebo at the Mooresville Public Library.
The Mooresville Board of Commissioners is scheduled to accept the grant at its regular meeting Monday night.
The garden gazebo is a joint project with the town, the Mooresville Rotary Club and the Mooresville-Lake Norman Rotary Club.
The Friends of the Library is committing $5,000 to the project and the Rotary clubs $2,800. Work is expected to begin May 1.
Mooresville commissioners to consider I-77 bridge study
MOORESVILLE The Mooresville Board of Commissioners on Monday will consider adopting an alignment study that consultant WSP Sells completed for a proposed bridge over Interstate 77 that would connect Midnight Lane with Oates Road.
Approving the study would allow the town to plan for future right-of-way and enter detailed design phases, Mooresville Planning Director Tim Brown said. The study doesn't identify how to pay for the multimillion-dollar project.
The consultant concluded in its report that the bridge is feasible and would reduce congestion on N.C. 150 just to the south.
Some Oates Road residents are concerned the project would spill far more traffic onto their road.