Input sought on Davidson East

The Davidson Planning Department will host a two-day session this week to gather input on how a nearly 180-acre tract known as Davidson East should be developed.

Davidson East includes two smaller tracts - one owned by developer Frank Jacobus and the other by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools - and a much larger tract owned by Community One Bank since that parcel went into foreclosure, Davidson Planning Manager Lauren Blackburn said last week.

Davidson East is across N.C. 73 from Ramah Church Road.

This week's planning session, known as a "design charrette," will focus on the bank-owned larger tract, Blackburn said. Bank officials also will participate in the charrette, she said.

A charrette is a planning session where residents and government officials help create a vision for what a proposed development should include and how it should be designed to fit with the rest of the community.

From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, residents can join town planners and others to walk part of the site, while examining environmentally sensitive areas from public streets. Dress appropriately and bring refreshments, sun screen and bug spray.

From 10:30 a.m. to noon, previous planning efforts regarding the site will be reviewed in the town hall board room, 216 S. Main St.

From 1 to 4:30 p.m., consultant Henson-Foley will help those in attendance develop a site layout that could include open space areas, transportation networks and even recommendations on building types and how intensely the area should be developed.

That discussion will continue 7-9 p.m. Monday and again Tuesday morning in the town hall board room.

A plan for Davidson East could be presented to the Davidson Planning Board and Davidson Board of Commissioners this month or in July.

For a complete schedule on this week's charrette, and for more details about Davidson East, visit

Cabarrus roads being resurfaced

A state contractor began resurfacing 30.3 miles of primary and secondary roads in Cabarrus County last week.

J.T. Russell and Sons Inc. of Albemarle won a $6.3 million contract in May to widen, resurface and construct shoulders along numerous stretches of roads in the county. Overall work will take until late October, state officials said. Crews are permitted to work on some roads from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The stretches include:

2.9 miles of N.C. 24/27 West, from the end of curb and gutter east of Midland to the Mecklenburg County line.

2.4 miles of U.S. 601, from the Union County line to the Northwestern railroad bridge south of Midland.

0.3 miles of N.C. 3 from U.S. 29 to Spring Street; 1 mile from Spring Street to the pavement joint at U.S. 29; and 2.3 miles from Bradley Street to Old Earnhardt Road in Kannapolis.

0.3 miles of Bethel Church Road, from N.C. 24/27 to Jim Sossoman Road in Midland.

0.9 miles of Cabarrus Station Road, from Jim Sossoman Road to Bethel Avenue Extension in Midland.

2.9 miles of Bethel Avenue Extension, from U.S. 601 to Cabarrus Station Road.

1.7 miles of Roberta Church Road from U.S. 29 to Roberta Road in Harrisburg.

3.6 miles of Centergrove Road, from N.C. 3 to Penninger Road.

1 mile of Plaza Road, from the Mecklenburg County line to the pavement joint south of Rocky River Road.

1 mile of Midlake Road, from Centergrove Road to Brantley Road.

1.5 miles of Barrier Store Road, from Hahn Scott Road to the Stanly County line.

0.6 miles of Zion Church Road, from N.C. 49 to Zion Church Road East.

0.9 miles of Cochran Road, from Pitts School Road to Roberta Road.

0.8 miles of East First Street, approaching the bridge over U.S. 29.

4.7 miles of Lower Rocky River Road, from the pavement joint approaching Rocky River Road to the Mecklenburg County line.

0.9 miles of Central Heights Drive, from N.C. 49 to Zion Church Road.

0.3 miles of Broadway Avenue, from Barberry Avenue to Garmin Mill Road.

0.3 mile of Barberry Avenue, from U.S. 601 to Broadway Avenue.