Work is scheduled to begin this month off Rankin Hill Road on what could become America's largest youth invitational baseball complex.
First announced in May 2010, America's Park will encompass 110 acres between Mooresville and Troutman.
The complex will include 25 fields and a "baseball village," where teams from across the United States and Canada will live during their stays. Parents and other family members will stay in local hotels booked by the park's ownership company, America's Park LLC.
Louis Presutti of Salisbury founded a similar but smaller complex in Cooperstown, N.Y., called Cooperstown Dreams Park. It has 22 fields and draws players from 50 states and Canada.
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The Mooresville-South Iredell Economic Development Corp. has scheduled a ceremonial groundbreaking for April 11 at the property off Rankin Hill Road. Work on the $20million project is expected to begin days after the groundbreaking, town officials said last week.
The complex is scheduled to open by spring 2012 and employ 500 part-time summer workers, including many retirees and others of college age, Presutti has said.
The project will generate about $33million in local investment each year, and potentially up to $80 million a year, Mooresville Commissioner Miles Atkins said.
ABB groundbreaking planned for Monday
HUNTERSVILLE The Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corp. will host groundbreaking Monday for ABB, a Swiss company set to build a $90million manufacturing plant in Commerce Station Business Park off N.C. 115. Bad weather postponed the ceremony from its original date in late February.
The company plans to hire 100 workers to make high-voltage underground electrical cables to extend the U.S. power grid.
ABB, whose North American headquarters are in Cary, provides transmission and distribution equipment and technology for power grids worldwide. The company operates in about 100 countries and employs about 117,000 people, including 771 full-time workers in North Carolina.
The high-voltage and extra-high-voltage cables that will be made in Huntersville are in growing demand to carry electricity long distances from solar, wind and other renewable-energy sources, ABB officials have said.
Furniture outlet to open soon at former mill
MOORESVILLE Developer Michael Bay said he recently obtained a certificate of occupancy to open one of his Wow! Home Furnishings stores in early May in part of the old Mooresville Mills complex.
The store will be in a mill building facing South Main Street. Bay and his workers began tearing down fencing around that part of the complex last week to accommodate the store's opening.
Bay and fellow developer Yovanna Alvarez have done similar mill conversion projects in Jefferson, Ga., and Fort Lawn, S.C. They operate Wow! outlets in both communities.
They plan to add courtyards, benches and native trees to the Mooresville site. Eventually they will hold community meetings to learn what else, such as cafés or boutique-type shops, residents would like to see there.
The complex at 476 S. Main St. has been vacant since Burlington Mills closed its denim operations there in 1999, putting 640 people out of work.
Carney named executive director
MOORESVILLE Robert Carney is the new executive director of the Mooresville-South Iredell Economic Development Corp.
Carney had been interim executive director since Feb. 1, when former executive director Russ Rogerson resigned to accept a senior vice president position with the Charlotte Regional Partnership.
Carney previously worked three years as existing industry and marketing manager for the EDC.
Forums scheduled on Huntersville Community Plan
HUNTERSVILLE The town will hold public forums on its nearly complete 2030 Community Plan from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and April 14 at the town hall, 101 Huntersville-Concord Road. The plan will guide land use and development through the next 20 years.
A public input draft of the plan is available for review and comment at www.huntersville.org/planning_communityplan.asp.
On April 18, the Huntersville Planning Department will report to the Huntersville Board of Commissioners on the public input received at the meetings.
On April 26, the Huntersville Planning Board will consider a formal recommendation on the plan. On May 2, the commissioners will consider adopting the plan.