Work starts on high-end complex

The frame of the first of six planned luxury apartment buildings is up in the $23 million Fountains at Mooresville Town Square.

Proffitt Dixon Partners of Charlotte is developing the 8-acre community in the 40-acre Mooresville Town Square retail/residential development off Brawley School and Williamson roads. General contractor is Greensboro-based Samet Corp.

Fountains at Mooresville Town Square will include a total of 227 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, renting from $695 to $1,200, Proffitt Dixon managing principal Wyatt Dixon III has said. Fountains is owned by MTS Residential LLC, which Dixon heads.

The building that has been framed will include 47 units, a leasing office and a 5,000-square-foot club with a fitness center and other amenities, Dixon said last week. The first units will be available for occupancy by April 2012, he said.

Apartments will include garden tubs, French doors leading to private patios and balconies, built-in microwaves and ceiling fans. Some apartments will have 11- to 13-foot ceilings, kitchen islands, linen closets and computer work stations, Dixon said in announcing the project earlier this year.

The development will also have a saltwater swimming pool, multi-level patio, grilling area, fire pit and courtyard.

McGill Avenue update

All lanes of McGill Avenue between Harris Street N.W. and Kerr Street N.W. are closed indefinitely, after city crews on Oct. 28 discovered a void under the road caused by a break in a large stormwater pipe about 17 feet underground.

The road could stay closed for weeks because of the depth of the damaged pipe, city officials said. Homeowners and businesses have access to their driveways.

Emergency repairs to the pipe, ground and road began last Monday. Motorists should avoid the area and follow posted detours.

City hall annex entry

Improvements are on the way for the front entrance of the Concord City Hall Annex, 66 Union St. South.

The entry is getting customer service windows for the Human Resources and Planning and Neighborhood Development departments. Customers will have to use the side entrance along Barbrick Avenue while the work, which is expected to last through December, continues.

Farmer of the year

Livestock farmer Thomas Porter Jr. of Concord was recently named 2011 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year.

The award recognizes excellence in agricultural production and management, along with leadership in community and farm organizations. The award honors family contributions in producing safe and abundant supplies of food, fiber and shelter products.

Porter raises poultry, hogs and beef cattle. He was announced the winner at the 2011 Sunbelt Ag Expo farm show in Moultrie, Ga. Porter was chosen over eight other state winners who were finalists.

Porter raises hogs for Murphy-Brown and grows broiler pullets and produces eggs from broiler layers for Tyson Foods. He grew up on a dairy farm and built his farm largely on his own.

He worked as a pipe-fitter, welder and building contractor to save enough money to invest in his farm.

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