Park to replace longtime eyesore in downtown Mooresville

Mooresville is transforming a longtime eyesore into a public park that town officials said will be a welcoming gateway to downtown.

The half-acre at North Main Street and McLelland Avenue is flanked by a What-A-Burger Drive-In to the south and a block of buildings to the north that includes the fine-dining Epic Chophouse.

The Mooresville Board of Commissioners this week approved spending $10,000 to turn the former Glaspy building site at North Main and McLelland into a landscaped park with a decorative sidewalk and 16-foot-by-20-foot bandstand for concerts and other gatherings.

About two months ago, the town demolished an old gas station that stood vacant on the site for about a decade, Mooresville senior planner Tim Brown said.

Among other landscaping, 12 8-foot-to-10-foot Okame cherry trees will be added.

“It will have a very striking yet simple design,” Brown said of what he called the downtown gateway park, which should open by summer.

The town first eyed a park for what is known as the former Glaspy building site in its 2001 Downtown Master Plan, Brown said.

Public- and private-sector proposals for the site over the years have included creating more parking and putting a building there.

If a developer decided to buy the land from the town to construct a building, Brown hopes the park would be included in the plans. With work already started on the park, “we’ve set the tone,” he said.