Developer Michael Bay plans to add a $1 million indoor sports facility to the massive former mill complex he owns on South Main Street in Mooresville.
Bay said he intends to build an indoor basketball court, an indoor soccer field and a youth boxing gym in the center of the main former Burlington Industries building at 500 S. Main St. by January. The facility would span 15,000 square feet
The boxing gym will be aimed at “less fortunate kids, because as soon as they get involved in sports, hopefully they will stay away from trouble,” Bay told the Observer.
Bay said Hector Roca, the trainer of Hilary Swank for the movie “Million Dollar Baby,” is a personal friend who will help train boxers at the gym.
The Mooresville Board of Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing and a vote for Sept. 6 on a zoning change needed for the project.
Bay operates one of his three Merinos Home Furnishings Warehouse stores in the complex. He also opened Aliño Pizzeria at the site after studying Old World pizza making in Naples, Italy. Aliño’s ovens are made of volcanic sand from Mt. Vesuvius. The restaurant’s dough comes from Naples, as does its mozzarella made from buffalo milk.
He plans to open The Cut Burger Bar in the complex by early October, featuring beef from grass-fed cattle.
Bay also installed 5,100 solar panels on two of the eight buildings in the complex, and sells the power to Duke Energy.
Main St. Antiques & Design Gallery features hundreds of vendors in a 100,000-square-foot space in the former mill.
Mooresville Mills operated the complex before Burlington Industries, which made denim at the plant before shuttering it in 1999. The closure put 640 people out of work and ended the textile industry's long dominance in town.