Candlewood Suites work to begin

Charlotte-based Maya Hotels will bring in heavy equipment to begin site work Tuesday for its planned four-story Candlewood Suites hotel on U.S. 21, just north of Interstate 77 Exit 33 in south Iredell.

The hotel will have 90 extended-stay suites with full kitchens and other amenities, said Bryan Moore, Maya's director of hotel operations.

The hotel is scheduled to open in May 2012, in time for the May races at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, Moore said.

The three-acre hotel site is on wooded land near vacant retail buildings that once housed several home furnishings stores.

The site also is near Lowe's Companies Inc.'s national headquarters and Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. Local economic development officials have long cited the need for more extended-stay hotels, especially with the presence of Lowe's and its visiting vendors.

AP Architecture of Charlotte is the project architect. General contractor is Palmetto Design of Columbia, S.C., and civil engineering is being provided by Palmetto Civil Solutions of Columbia. The hotel's franchisor is Intercontinental Hotels Group of Atlanta.

Founded in 1995, Maya Hotels operates seven hotels in the Carolinas, including the Holiday Inn Express & Suites on Norman Station Drive off I-77 Exit 36 in Mooresville.

Maya Hotels also plans to build a 140-room Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites at Billy Graham Parkway and Queen City Drive in Charlotte, at I-85 Exit 32 near Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. It will have a "history of flight" theme.

John Connor Road sidewalk work begins

Crews began installing sidewalks last week on John Connor Road between Summer Place and the boat docks on Lake Norman.

Sidewalks are also being added between Jetton and Nance roads on West Catawba Avenue, Cornelius commissioner Jim Bensman said.

After that work is done, sidewalks will be added to a small section of West Catawba connecting Henderson Road to the existing sidewalk and a section in front of the Willow Pond subdivision, pending approval by the neighborhood's homeowners association, Bensman said.

Iredell adopts Thread Trail plan

The Iredell County Board of Commissioners recently adopted a plan for developing the Carolina Thread Trail network of trails and greenways in the county.

Iredell is the 10th county in the 15-county Charlotte region to adopt a master plan for the Thread Trail, which will be developed over many years.

"With improved connectivity between destinations in Iredell County, commuting by bicycle and foot will become safer, more convenient and enjoyable," Jeff Archer, local steering committee member and owner of First Flight Bicycles in downtown Statesville, said in a statement after the Iredell board adopted the Iredell part of the plan.

The Iredell County communities of Harmony, Love Valley, Mooresville, Statesville and Troutman previously adopted the plan. View the adopted map at