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99-unit townhome development coming

Here's a project I've been getting e-mails on since I started this new gig: What's the construction on Prosperity Church Road in University City across from Crossway Community Church, near Eastfield Road?

It's a 99-unit, $22million townhome development called the Preserve at Prosperity Church, and it's from developer Hills Communities of Charlotte.

Construction should start in a month. Depending on sales, buildout could take three years, said project manager Mike Flores. Prices will start in the $170,000s.

Hills Communities has two other developments in Charlotte, including a condo project called Hyde Park, off Mallard Creek Church Road.

So thanks to Betty Yurkiw, Donnie, Ron Ford and Alan Soucy (my very first Red Dirt e-mailer). Keep those questions coming.

Request to convert house

A pair of Charlotte property owners has filed a request to convert a vacant house in NoDa into a catering business and eventually a specialty restaurant. The house sits on 0.2 acre at Charles Avenue and North Davidson Street.

Property owners Issa and Kristine Rafidi could not be reached for comment. The rezoning request is set for a Sept. 15 hearing.

GPS device unveiled

After a controversy over “Dale Trail” signs, Cabarrus County tourism leaders unveiled a GPS device last week they hope will let people get a new fix on Dale Earnhardt's former haunts in Kannapolis.

The hand-held units should be available for rent by spring, said Sharon Campbell of the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The trail tracks spots associated with the late NASCAR star and Kannapolis native.

The rental cost likely will be around $10. The units are not complete GPS mapping systems, but would be programmed to show map details around the trail, race shops or other areas.

In July, Kannapolis city workers removed banners that marked the trail after a request from Castle and Cooke, owned by David Murdock, billionaire developer of the $1.5billion North Carolina Research Campus. Many banners were ragged or dirty.

City Manager Mike Legg had told the City Council that Castle and Cooke was “trying to put on the best face for the city” when Murdock brought a special guest (who turned out to be Martha Stewart).

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