The development team of Thomas John Development Co. Inc. and architect Scot Hennon plans to build four residential condominiums over four street-level commercial condominium flats on East Center Avenue.
But unlike other live-work projects in the Lake Norman area, including on Catawba Avenue in Cornelius, buyers can purchase a commercial unit separate from a residential unit in the planned $1.2million "East Center Avenue Condominiums," the developer said.
Commercial units will range from 640 to 800 square feet. Two residential condos will be 1,280 square feet each, and two will be 1,600 square feet each.
The exterior will be all brick. Residences will have elevated second-floor rear patios.
Each of four vestibule entries to the rear of the building will provide access to one lower commercial unit and one upper residential unit, in case a small-business owner buys a commercial unit and wants to live above it.
The building will have sprinklers. Each commercial unit will include a wheelchair-accessible toilet, code-compliant electric service, an energy-efficient HVAC air handler with thermostat and trunk duct, paint-ready drywall, concrete floors and basic light fixtures.
Interiors of the two-bedroom, 21/2-bath residential suites will be designed in a loft style to create the feel of open space. Ceilings in both the 1,280- and the 1,600-square-foot homes will be 9 feet high. Large windows at the front and rear will bring in lots of light.
Kitchens will have open island countertops and 42-inch upper cabinets. Basic finishes can be customized.
Pre-selling has begun. Construction will start when three-fourths of the units have been sold. Construction will take nine months.
Taffy Kilroe Real Estate is handling sales and other details. 704-576-7996.
Booker Drive realignment begins Monday
CONCORD The city on Monday will begin the Booker Drive realignment with Salem Street.
Traffic will be detoured and have limited access during the four-month project. The contractor is Piedmont Asphalt Paving Co. of Concord.
The project is partially funded with federal stimulus money received through the Community Development Block Grant program.
The realignment is designed to improve safety at the intersection, city officials said.
Details: Concord Engineering Construction Inspection Division, 704-920-5404.
Free seminars offered at research campus
KANNAPOLIS N.C. State University will host free seminars at the North Carolina Research Campus in May to give the public a better understanding of research that's under way at the complex.
Seminars will be 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Event Room. The schedule:
May 4, "The Fresh Produce Safety Initiative in North Carolina."
May 11, "BioExploration for Natural Health Products: From the Cloud Forests of Ecuador to the Hidden Corners of Your Own Backyard."
May 18, "Value-Added Agriculture: An Emerging Sector of N.C. Agriculture."
May 25, "Meet The Produce Lady."Details: 704-250-5400; PHHI_info@ncsu.edu.
'Sustainable living' workshops offered
CONCORD Cabarrus County is offering a free series of sustainable-living workshops called "Live It Up Cabarrus" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Cabarrus County Governmental Center, 65 Church St. (except for a few field trips).
The workshops are open to Cabarrus County residents 16 and older. The first workshop was Thursday and addressed sustainable neighborhoods and the effects of growth. The series continues as follows:
May 13, "It's Your Health: Demystify Do's and Don'ts of Cleaning Products, Plastics and More."
June 17, "Give Your Home an Energy Tune-Up."
July 15, "Natural Assets: Protecting Our Area's Resources."
Aug. 19, "Beyond Recycling: How to Control the Waste We Produce."
Sept. 23, "Green Business: Managing the Triple Bottom Line."
Oct. 14, "Stepping Out of the Haze: Transportation Solutions for a Green Planet."
Registration is preferred but not required. To register or for more details, visit www.cabarruscounty.us/liveitup/learninglabs.html.
Home receives 'green' certifications
Residents Drude and Angelina Corbet have received top "green" certifications for their home in Iredell County's New Hope Township.
The couple worked with Kelly McArdle Construction on the home, which received the certifications of Platinum Level LEED for Homes, Gold Level NAHB National Green Building Standard, Energy Star and Department of Energy Builders Challenge home.