Young Builders plans to start construction in December on a new phase of its Glens at Birkdale Commons community for active older adults.
The Glens at Stillwell Village will have 13 ranch-style villas for lease, including six duplexes and one single-family home.
The new community will be across Babe Stillwell Farm Road from The Glens at Birkdale Commons.
Seven of the 13 homes in The Glens at Stillwell Village have been leased, even though Young Builders hasn't advertised their availability, said Margaret Young, whose husband, Jay, built The Glens at Birkdale Commons and will build the new community.
All 60 homes in The Glens at Birkdale Commons are leased and lived in.
Last week the Huntersville Planning Board unanimously approved minor changes sought by the Youngs for their Glens at Stillwell Village site plan. The revisions are scheduled to go before the town's Board of Commissioners for final approval Monday night.
Homes in the communities are leased only to people age 55 and older, although a spouse or other household member can be younger.
Leases range from $995 to $1,600 in The Glens at Birkdale Commons. Homes in the new community will be slightly larger, and leases will range from $1,050 to $1,600.
Homes will have such amenities as granite countertops, gas heat and alarm service. Half the homes will have carports.
Margaret Young said some other lots may be available in the future, so people shouldn't be discouraged that so few homes are still available for lease in the new community.
Residents of The Glens at Stillwell Village will be able to use the community lodge and its amenities at the sister project at Birkdale Commons, Margaret Young said. They will also be able to access Wheels of Independence, sponsored by the American Red Cross, which provides $5 shuttle service to the local Super Walmart and offers transportation to doctor appointments for a donation.
Residents also can participate in such services as a senior nutrition program that provides home-delivered meals for senior adults in Mecklenburg County.
Learn to preserve farmland
CONCORD An expert in helping farmers preserve their land for future generations will offer advice during a free program at 7 p.m. Thursday at the N.C. Cooperative Extension's Cabarrus County Center, 715 Cabarrus Ave. W.
Speaker Andrew Brannan is an agricultural lawyer and former director of the N.C. Farm Transition Network, which works to reverse the trend of exits from farming caused by poor business succession planning or the absence of a successor in the farmer's family.
"Cabarrus County's farm community is aging," extension officials said in announcing Brannan's program. "If steps are not taken now to plan for their continued farm use, a large amount of our county's most valuable agricultural asset - land - could be permanently removed from production."
Details: 704-920-3310; cabarrus.ces.ncsu.edu.
Our Towns Habitat dedicates first LEED home
MOORESVILLE Wendy Roberson and her children are the owners of the first LEED-certified home built by volunteers from Cornelius-based Our Towns Habitat for Humanity.
Representatives of Habitat and Mooresville-based Lowe's Companies Inc. were on hand for the Oct. 22 dedication of the home at 332 Clover St., Mooresville.
Lowe's, a national partner with Habitat for Humanity since 2003, provided a $64,000 grant to build the home.
LEED, a designation by the U.S. Green Building Council, stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
Offer input on Cornelius parks needs
CORNELIUS Offer ideas on the town's capital parks and recreation needs at the next Cornelius PARC Commission meeting, 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the assembly room of Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.
The town's capital needs survey will help determine what park and recreation facilities residents would like to see developed in Cornelius, PARC Director Paul Herbert said.
Irwin Tools hires 15 in Huntersville
HUNTERSVILLE Irwin Tools has hired 15 people in recent months for its customer service team, after the company moved its customer service center from Wilmington, Ohio, to its headquarters in NorthPointe Executive Park, the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corp. announced last week.
The customer service team supports Irwin Tools and other Newell Rubbermaid brands, including Bernzomatic, Bulldog and Shur-line.
Irwin Tools employs about 120 people at its Huntersville headquarters and about 1,000 worldwide.
Cabarrus upholds high bond rating
CONCORD Independent bond rating agencies Standard & Poor's Rating Services and Fitch Ratings have once again affirmed Cabarrus County's high-grade investment bond rating.The affirmation applies to the county's $112.6million in outstanding general obligation bonds and $220.8million in outstanding certificates of participation and limited obligation bonds, county officials announced recently.