Davidson Day second campus approved

Davidson Day School can move forward with plans for a second campus, after the Mooresville Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a rezoning last week to allow for the project.

The school intends to build the campus on a 173-acre, bank-owned tract between Faith and Mackwood roads that had been scheduled for a 327-home development.

Students in grades 7-12 will move to the Iredell County campus, while the school's main campus in Davidson will continue to house the early childhood program and students through grade 6.

No construction timetable has been announced, and school officials couldn't be reached by the Observer's deadline last week.

Before the board's vote, commissioner Rhett Dusenbury expressed concerns about whether roads could handle the added traffic, but he voted in favor of the rezoning.

Even with the zoning approval, the school will still have to do a traffic analysis, Mooresville Senior Planner Craig Culberson has said. Such studies detail measures the owner will take to lessen traffic impact.

Grant will extend trail network in Concord

The Catawba Lands Conservancy awarded a $308,000 grant to the city of Concord on Dec. 16 to acquire 29 acres along Rocky River off Weddington Road to conserve for watershed protection and extension of the Carolina Thread Trail.

The money will help build a new trail that will extend the Carolina Thread Trail Rocky River Greenway beneath Interstate 85. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2013, Concord Parks and Recreation Director Bob Dowless said.

The Carolina Thread Trail is a 15-county network of trails and conservation corridors that will link 2.3 million residents in the Carolinas.

New site recommended for rail station

Town officials have a new location in mind for a rail station for the proposed Red Line Regional Rail project.

The $452 million project would upgrade 25 miles of Norfolk Southern rail line from Mount Mourne to the planned Charlotte Gateway Station uptown. The line could eventually extend north to Interstate 40.

The Mount Mourne station was originally planned to be built at the Legacy Village townhome development, near the national headquarters of Lowe's Companies Inc.

But the Mooresville Board of Commissioners voted unanimously last week to recommend that the Charlotte Area Transit System put the station a mile to the south, near the intersection of N.C. 115 and a proposed east-west connector road.

The move would reduce traffic congestion and more easily accommodate transit-oriented development, Mooresville Transportation Planner Neil Burke said in a recent memo. The new location would also save $7 million in project costs, he said.

The state Department of Transportation intends to begin construction of the Red Line project in 2017.