Cabarrus health building will serve more clients

Officials with the Cabarrus Health Alliance, the county's public health agency, broke ground Jan. 21 for a $7million building that will allow the agency to serve more clients and collaborate more with the nearby North Carolina Research Campus.

The Cabarrus Health Alliance is the former Cabarrus County Health Department. Its new 61,000-square-foot building at 300 Mooresville Road is scheduled to be finished in December.

The 3.6-acre site anchors a corner of the gateway intersection to the biotechnology center in downtown Kannapolis. Billionaire Dole Food owner David Murdock founded the campus, opening the $1.5billion complex in October 2008.

The Health Alliance building will offer innovative health promotion programs and services, said Betty Braxton, the agency's human resources director. For example, nutritional ways of cooking will be taught in the building's community kitchen, Braxton said.

The building will have electronic check-in, information kiosks and electronic scheduling to expedite help for patients.

It is designed to be open and inviting and features a multi-story lobby with skylight.

Design plans call for numerous environmentally friendly features, including maximum use of natural daylight and the addition of planting areas for stormwater retention and filtration.

Officials intend to have the building LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Many aspects of the design reflect community, agency officials said. A commissioned mural will depict the history of the Health Alliance. Interior, and exterior brick will pull from the manufacturing roots of Kannapolis.

The design also is firmly rooted in a "Main Street" concept, featuring a main hall off which all services can be easily accessed, officials said. The project includes a wellness kitchen and exercise area.


Carney named interim director

Robert Carney Jr. was recently named interim director of the Mooresville South Iredell Economic Development Corp. by its board of directors.

Carney has been the organization's existing industry and marketing manager for three years.

Executive Director Russell Rogerson resigned effective Feb. 1 to join the Charlotte Regional Partnership as senior vice president of economic development services.

Work to begin on Cornelius park

Weather permitting, work will begin Monday on the town's 7-acre park at the Preserve at Robbins Park development on West Catawba Avenue, Town Manager Anthony Roberts said.

Huntersville boards to discuss long-range plan

The Huntersville Board of Commissioners and Huntersville Planning Board will discuss the town's proposed 2030 Community Plan at a joint meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the town hall, 101 Huntersville-Concord Road.

Last revised in 2003, the plan will set the vision and policy for land use, development and preservation in Huntersville through 2030.

Huntersville Principal Planner Zachary Gordon will give an update on the status of the plan, and the boards will review policy and action items for the plan's public facilities and transportation focus areas.