The Mooresville Board of Commissioners has approved a study and a route for the proposed $16.6million four-lane connector between Cornelius and Mazeppa roads.
The board's approvals last week weren't decisions on whether to spend money to build the road.
The proposed east-west "boulevard" is part of a long-term plan by the town to ease congestion on notoriously bottlenecked N.C. 150 at Interstate 77 Exit 36.
Cornelius-Mazeppa improvements call for an I-77 interchange at Cornelius Road north of Exit 36 and the four-lane connector between U.S. 21 and N.C. 115.
The town also plans a major east-west connector to the south, from I-77 Exit 31 near the Lowe's Companies Inc. national headquarters. That connector will lead east to Coddle Creek Highway (N.C. 3) and beyond.
Both connectors were recommended in the 1998 Town of Mooresville Thoroughfare Plan and the 2007 Mooresville Comprehensive Transportation Plan. The Cornelius Road connector would be 0.75 mile long, divided by a grass median. It would link Cornelius Road with Mooresville Business Park on Mazeppa Road. That would make it easier to move freight between the Interstate and Mazeppa Road industries, town officials said.
The connector has not yet made it onto the state's Transportation Improvement Plan, so it has no funding or start date, Carl Gibilaro of project consultant PBS & J of Charlotte told residents at a meeting on the connector plans earlier this year. "It's more likely a developer comes in to help build this project," he said.
The 45-mph connector could take 10 or 15 years to get state Department of Transportation funding, Gibilaro and Mooresville Transportation Planner Neil Burke said.
Some residents have said they hope the road is never built, because they don't want the traffic they say it will bring.
Carolina Mall celebrates major renovations
CONCORD Carolina Mall celebrated the completion of major renovations with a "grand reopening" and ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.
Renovations included restroom remodeling, new carpet and lighting, higher ceilings and a showcase of the area's history.
Friday's celebration included giveaways, refreshments, store discounts and an appearance by Santa Claus.
The mall, 1480 Concord Parkway North, has about 60 stores. Coming soon are a Subway and Village Fudge & Candy Shoppe.
Concord celebrates new tech center
CONCORD The Concord Housing Department held a ribbon cutting last week to dedicate its Neighborhood Network Technology Center at 265 Salem St., near the Cabarrus County Health Alliance.
The center includes a multi-purpose room, a computer lab and three offices for residential services staff, said Angela Graham, director of the Concord Housing Department. The lab has eight computers, with room for two more, Graham said.
Officials broke ground at the site 10 months ago, and staff moved into the building last month, Graham said.
The center provides computer-skills training, a mentoring program, self-sufficiency counseling and other services to residents.
For more details on center programs, call 704-788-1139.
Charlotte company opens Kannapolis lab
KANNAPOLISCharlotte-based Mallard Creek Polymers has leased a 3,000-square-foot lab at the N.C. Research Campus. It will employ 10 people in developing, testing and completing new products there, company vice president Dan Neri said.
Our Town Cinemas nears opening, sets prices
DAVIDSON Our Town Cinemas expects to announce an opening date soon for the four-screen complex in the Sadler Square retail center.
Admission prices are set. People can sign up at www.OurTownCinemas.com for e-mails listing movie showings.
"As you sign up, you can also express your interest in the arts, independent and foreign films," said Jan Black, director of marketing. "As that list grows, we will be able to start a Davidson Film Society."
Admission will be adult evening, $9; student/military evening, $8; ages 60 and older, all day, $7; ages 3-12, all day, $6; matinee adults/students/military (all shows before 5 p.m.), $7.
'Best of the Lake' winners announced
The Mooresville-based Lake Norman Home Builders Association received more than 40 entries from 25 builders, remodelers, designers and craftsman for its sixth annual "Best of the Lake" design competition.
A panel of business and industry leaders from across the state chose the winners, who were recognized at an awards banquet at the Havana Social Club in Cornelius on Nov. 13:
Speculative new homes, $1million to $2million: first place, Artisan Custom Home, Brad Remmey; second, Kelly McArdle Construction, Danny Kelly.
Speculative new homes over $2million: first, Jim Phelps Signature Collection, Jim Phelps.
Custom new homes, $701,000 to $1million: first, Kelly Custom Builders Inc., Ray Kelly; second, Triangle Homebuilders, Danyele Smith; honorable mention, EFC Builders, Geoff Bowen.
Custom new homes, $1million to $2million: first, Roger Layman Architecture, Roger Layman; second, LKN Properties, Brian Robinett.
Custom new homes, over $2million: first, Team of ZAR Custom Homes and Jim Phelps Signature Collection, Russell Zavatsky and Jim Phelps; second, Artisan Custom Homes, Brad Remmey.
Best Green Spec, $500,001 to $700,000: first, G.P. Kon Builders, Daphne Wagner.
Best Green Home Custom, under $350,000: first, John Marshall Custom Homes, Rodney Graham.
Best Green Home Custom, $500,001 to $700,000: first, Schreiner Custom Homes, Steve Schreiner.
Best Green Home Custom, $1million to $2million: first, LKN Properties, Brian Robinett; second, Artisan Custom Homes, Brad Remmey.
Best Townhome or Condo, under $350,000: first, Ryan Homes, Kathy Tucker.
Best Townhome or Condo, over $350,000: first, Andrew Roby Inc., Andrew Roby.
Kitchen Renovations, $50,001 to $100,000: first, International Kitchen and Bath, Lisa Carlay.
Kitchen Renovations, $100,001 to $150,000: first, International Kitchen and Bath, Lisa Carlay.
Renovation Whole House, $275,000 to $500,000: first, Plattner Bailey Custom Homes, Karl Plattner; second, team of Chad Goodin Signature Homes and Shaun Warren, Chad Goodin and Shaun Warren; honorable mention, EFC Builders, Geoff Bowen.
Renovation Whole House, over $500,000: first, U.S. Home Design, Steve Turley; second, Kelly Custom Builders Inc., Ray Kelly; honorable mention, Andrew Roby Inc., Andrew Roby.
Home Additions, $176,000 to $275,000: Honorable mention, Andrew Roby Inc., Andrew Roby.
Home Additions, over $275,000: first, EFC Builders, Geoff Bowen; second, Andrew Roby Inc., Andrew Roby.
Bath Renovation, under $10,000: first, JVM Homes, Joyce Vukela-Mayer.
Outdoor Living, under $50,000: first, The Grill Doctor, Debra Xedus.
Outdoor Living, $50,001 to $100,000: first, The Grill Doctor, Debra Xedus; second, Advanced Renovations, Duane Johns.
Outdoor Living, over $100,000: first, Andrew Roby Inc., Andrew Roby.
Best of Show, Whole House Renovation, over $500,000: US Home Design, Steve Turley.
New Custom, over $2million: Team of ZAR Custom Homes and Jim Phelps Signature Collection, Russell Zavatsky and Jim Phelps.