Dirt to churn along N.C. 73

Workers are about to turn red dirt on two projects along the fast-growing N.C. 73 corridor near the Mecklenburg-Cabarrus line.

Veteran Statesville builder Bill Wilson came out of retirement in October to form William W. Wilson LLC, which owns and will develop 10.22 acres between Poplar Tent and Odell School roads.

And the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte and Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools announced in late October that they finalized the purchase of about 107 acres at N.C. 73 and Shiloh Church Road, just outside Huntersville in Cabarrus County, for the diocese's second private Catholic high school, Christ the King High School.

The site is on the north side of N.C. 73 east of Shiloh Church Road and behind the Renaissance Square retail center, the Catholic News Herald reported on Nov. 4.

The transaction involved the purchase of numerous parcels from three land owners, the newspaper reported. The purchase price wasn't disclosed.

At the request of diocesan officials earlier this year, the land was annexed by the city of Kannapolis and rezoned to allow for a high school, the paper reported.

Christ the King High School opened on Aug. 24 in a temporary location at 753 Oak Ridge Farm Highway in Mooresville, beside the Curlin Commons housing development for older adults.

Construction of the school will begin soon, diocesan officials told the paper. The school is expected to open in 1 1/2 to 2 years.

Wilson, meanwhile, told the Observer that ServPro of Kannapolis will anchor his company's commercial development, which is called Highway 73 Storage.

The project also will have 30,000 square feet of storage, primarily for homeowners in new developments along the N.C. 73 corridor, he said. The project is scheduled to be completed by June 30.

The property is on the north side of N.C. 73 in the jurisdiction of Kannapolis, Wilson said.

ServPro of Kannapolis provides cleanup and restoration services. It's owned by Wilson's son-in-law, Whitney Norton Jr, and Wilson's daughter, Elizabeth.

Construction manager for the project is Mooresville certified master builder Geoff Bowen. Morton Engineering of China Grove is the project engineer.

Bill Wilson, 70, worked his entire career for G.L. Wilson Building Co., founded in 1945 by his father, Gordon L. Wilson. The company is now licensed in 21 states. Bill Wilson was part owner of the company from August 1965 until he retired as executive vice president in 2001.

Zootastic Park hiring

Zootastic Park is hiring 30 to 50 seasonal workers for its Third Annual Christmas Wonderland of Lights, including positions in concessions, admissions, customer service and parking, Zootastic Park vice president Jerod Brown said.

Apply at under "About Zootastic - Join Our Team," or email resume to

Presented by McDonald's, Christmas Wonderland of Lights opens on Thursday featuring at least 1.5 million lights. Through November, the display will be open 6-10 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Beginning Dec. 1, it will be open 6-10 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 per person.

Christmas Wonderland of Lights is off Interstate 77 Exit 42 between Mooresville and Troutman. From I-77 North, take Exit 42, turn left off the ramp and then right on Ostwalt-Amity Road. Travel 1 mile to Zootastic Park on the left.

Details: 704-245-6446; 888-966-0069;

Center marks 1st anniversary

The city's Rider Transit Center at 3600 S. Ridge Ave. marks its first anniversary on Nov. 30.

The city released figures recently showing that ridership has increased dramatically this year, putting Rider on pace to provide more than 400,000 passenger trips for only the second time in its history.

Fields cost $120,000 apiece

The two synthetic turf fields completed recently at Huntersville Athletic Park cost $120,000 apiece, Huntersville Parks and Recreation Director Michael Jaycocks said.

The Observer obtained the cost information too late to include in an item about the fields in the Nov. 6 Red Dirt Alert column.