Work will begin soon to extend water and sewer to the site of the planned $800million Langtree at the Lake community, off Interstate 77 Exit 31 in southern Iredell County.
The Mooresville Board of Commissioners voted unanimously last week to award $980,224 in contracts for the work to Hunter Construction Group Inc. of Mooresville.
The first contract is for $577,321 to extend a water line along Alcove Road to Langtree at the Lake. The second is for $402,903 to extend sewer to the site.
The work should be finished by mid-August or earlier, Town Manager Steve Husemann told commissioners April 30.
Langtree principal Rick Howard said completion of the work will allow construction to start on the development's first buildings and on John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts' 300-room, 12-story Embassy Suites hotel and 75,000-square-foot convention center.
Langtree will repay the money "100percent" over 10 years, Husemann told the board.
The town previously approved a Langtree special assessment district, through which the town agreed to extend utilities and assess Langtree's owners for the work.
Langtree at the Lake will create at least 1,000 construction jobs and at least 1,500 permanent jobs at companies that move into the 350-acre mixed-use development, Langtree representatives have said.
Friends of the Animals, a nonprofit group chaired by NASCAR driver Greg Biffle and his wife, Nicole, plans to build a no-kill animal sanctuary and education center in Langtree at the Lake. It will include a low-cost spay-and-neuter clinic.
Friends of the Animals hopes the center will open within two years. The animal sanctuary will house 150 animals - 60 cats and 90 dogs - that will be available for adoption.
Board gives mill project go-ahead
MOORESVILLE A New York-based development team intends to continue revitalizing the old Mooresville Mills complex, after the Mooresville Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a permit for the project last week.
As Red Dirt Alert reported in April, Michael Bay and Yovanna Alvarez will start by opening one of their WOW! Home Furnishings outlets in one of the mill buildings facing South Main Street. Bay told the commissioners he hopes to open the store Aug. 2.
The couple has done similar mill-conversion projects in Jefferson, Ga., and Fort Lawn, S.C. They operate WOW! outlets in both communities.
They said they also plan to add courtyards, benches and native trees to the Mooresville site, where Burlington Mills made denim before closing it in 1999, putting 640 people out of work.
Bay said the couple's Concord Property Development LLC hopes to develop the entire 38 acres within two years, depending on the economy.
Bay agreed to several permit conditions recommended by Mooresville planning staff, including top-coating and restriping parking lots and working with staff and N.C. Department of Transportation officials to establish a truck route for deliveries to the site.
Ingersoll Rand to host Sustainability Institute
DAVIDSON Rising high school seniors in the Charlotte area can apply by May 15 for Ingersoll Rand's second annual Sustainability Institute July 12-16.
Students will learn the importance of economic, social and environmental responsibility in the business world, said Holly Emerson, senior analyst for Ingersoll Rand's Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability.
"We hope to play a role in developing future leaders with an understanding of the value of sustainability," she said.
Applications are at www.ingersollrand.com/sustainabilityinstitute.
'Navigate Cornelius' sets sail
CORNELIUS About 50 residents attended a kickoff meeting for "Navigate Cornelius," the town's comprehensive master plan update.
"This is a massive undertaking and will take over a year to complete," Cornelius commissioner Jim Bensman said in his weekly email newsletter last week. "The objective is to develop a plan for what Cornelius is to be in the future."