Putting apartments amid office buildings is not a good fit, Mayor Chris Montgomery concluded in casting the deciding vote last week against a Charlotte nonprofit's plans to build 41 affordable-housing apartments off Bluefield Road.
The Mooresville Board of Commissioners had deadlocked 3-3 on whether to allow the apartments; the mayor votes only in case of a tie.
The Affordable Housing Group of North Carolina Inc. had an option on 4.1 acres for its proposed Glenmoore Apartments. The group planned to erect five apartment buildings, a community building, a playground area and a picnic area with a shelter.
James Royster of the Affordable Housing Group said Glenmoore Apartments would look as nice as Curlin Commons, a 40-unit apartment complex for low-income senior adults at N.C. 150 East and Overhead Bridge Road in Mooresville. His organization worked on that project with the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte Housing Corp.
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"It's a beautiful project," Royster told the commissioners.
Before the commissioners' vote, Royster agreed to build a southbound right-turn lane on Bluefield Road leading to Glenmoore and to add sidewalks, curbs and gutter. He agreed to make sure signs for the nearby George Pappas' Victory Lanes bowling center are visible. Pappas and commercial developer John Kindley spoke against the plan, saying it didn't fit the mostly commercial corridor.
"This would put a square peg in a round hole," agreed commissioner Chris Carney, who voted against the project with commissioners Rhett Dusenbury and Mile Atkins but encouraged the developer to look elsewhere in town.
The apartments would be for people earning 30percent to 60percent of the area median income, Royster told the Observer.
Mooresville considers another fire station
MOORESVILLE The town is considering building a fire station by mid-2012 in the area of U.S. 21, West Wilson Avenue and Brawley School Road.
The town has a site in mind but hasn't closed on the land, commissioner Mac Herring told the Observer.
Commissioners discussed funding for the estimated $2.3million station at their annual retreat March 4 but haven't yet given the station the go-ahead.
The station would cover an area off Interstate 77 Exit 33 where response times have been slower than other parts of town, commissioners said.
Tour remodeled Five Oaks Manor on Thursday
CONCORD An open house Thursday at the remodeled Five Oaks Manor, 413 Winecoff School Road, will have tours of its refurbished patient care areas, rehab gym and semi-private and private bed spaces.
Details: Melinda Sinclair, 980-521-6252; firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Gibbs Road opens
MOORESVILLE A new Gibbs Road opened Wednesday as part of the Brawley School Road widening and related work on an Interstate 77 interchange that's under construction.
The new road starts at a new traffic light on Brawley at the intersection of the new road on one side and Rolling Hill Road on the other side. The new Gibbs Road weaves behind the Sunridge Place townhome development.
Lowe's volunteers renovating buildings of nonprofits
MOORESVILLE Each weekend this month, volunteers from Mooresville-based Lowe's Companies Inc. are renovating the HealthReach Community Clinic building at 400 E. Statesville Ave.
Known as Lowe's Heroes, the volunteers are helping with design, demolition, cabinet construction, general carpentry and painting at the free health-care clinic. They're creating more efficient work space so the clinic can serve a growing number of clients.
This weekend, Lowe's volunteers are also renovating the reception area, installing storage shelving and organizing and sorting products at Mooresville Christian Mission at 266 N. Broad St.
National honors again go to Mooresville, Statesville
MOORESVILLE Site Selection magazine recently named Mooresville and Statesville the No. 2 Micropolitan Area in the Nation for 2010, marking the seventh straight year the area has been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 on that list.
The Site Selection ranking, which groups Mooresville and Statesville in the same area, named the Thomasville-Lexington area as the No. 1 Micropolitan Area for 2010.
Zootastic Park opens for season
TROUTMAN Zootastic Park was scheduled to open for the 2011 season Saturday off Interstate 77 Exit 42.
The animal park delayed its original March 5 opening after a storm extensively damaged roofs on two main buildings and parts of the zoo's grounds. The zoo is on Pilch Road, off Ostwalt-Amity Road.
Details: 704-245-6446; 1-888-966-0069; www.zootasticpark.com.