Town to study raising center profits

The Mooresville Board of Commissioners on Monday will consider spending $25,000 for a consultant to study ways to make the Charles Mack Citizen Center more profitable.

Debby Hoover is a hospitality consultant who formerly chaired the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce.

On Jan. 12, she prepared a "Transformational Proposal of the Charles Mack Citizen Center," which urges giving the building a facelift, retraining workers so they take more ownership in the center and initiating "aggressive marketing" of brides, civic groups, hoteliers, downtown businesses and nonprofit groups. Her study also suggests a catchier name for the center: "The Mack."

Her proposal fell flat with members of the Mack family, who urged the commissioners at their Feb. 6 regular meeting not to call the center by another name or make wholesale changes to its original mission of serving the public. Commissioner Thurman Houston seemed to agree, asking at the meeting, "Is it for the citizens of Mooresville, or is it for a profit?"

Since 2008, the center's annual operating losses have ranged from $426,924 to $362,082, according to budget figures released by Deputy Town Manager Maia Setzer.

That's despite the center's rental income increasing from $109,940 in fiscal year 2008 to $227,315 in fiscal year 2011.

Davidson updating area plan

Davidson planners and consultant Lawrence Group have worked since December to update a plan for where best to locate future office and apartment buildings, single-family homes, a parking deck, stores, walking trails and open green space in the downtown area.

Officials have held public meetings to gather input on the proposed 2012 Station Area Plan Update.

The goal is for the Davidson Board of Commissioners to vote on a plan in May, before commissioners vote on the Red Line Regional Rail project, Davidson Planning Manager Lauren Blackburn said at a commissioners work session last week.

Residents can learn more about the 2012 Station Area Plan Update at

CHC opens medical building

Carolinas HealthCare celebrated the opening of its Gateway II medical office building last week off Copperfield Boulevard near Interstate 85 Exit 60 in Concord.

Yates Chreitzberg Hughes of Concord was the project's architect. Rodgers Builders of Charlotte built the facility, which is at 1090 NorthEast Gateway Court.

The77,600-square-foot, two-story building includes:

Carolinas HealthCare Urgent Care-Cabarrus, which treats minor injuries and illnesses and is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Occupational Medicine, which provides treatment and testing services for companies to help them maintain a safe and healthy work force. It also helps companies stay compliant with OSHA laws and regulations.

The Health & Fitness Institute, which has an indoor track, weight machines, treadmills and a large space for yoga and aerobics classes.

Cardiac Rehabilitation, an outpatient department of Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast to help cardiology patients who are recovering from or at risk for heart problems.

NorthEast Rehabilitation, which includes physical, occupational and speech therapy, plus audiology services. Features include a home-like setting to help patients recovering from neurological, orthopedic and other conditions re-learn daily activities to live more independently and an aquatic therapy pool with an underwater treadmill.

Piedmont Orthopedic Specialists, an orthopedic practice with five physicians and four physician assistants who are specialists in treating orthopedic injuries.

Shoe Show to celebrate solar array completion

Shoe Show Inc., 2201 Trinity Church Road in Concord, invites the community on Monday to help it celebrate the completion of what the company calls one of the largest rooftop solar systems in the world.

The solar array at the company's corporate office and distribution center became fully operational on Feb. 1. The company says it's the largest silicon panel rooftop in North America and No. 7 in the world.

Founded in 1960 in Kannapolis, Shoe Show Inc. says it is the largest private shoe retailer in the country.

Tours will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m., a ribbon-cutting from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and dinner and recognitions from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

To attend, call or email Joan Overcash at 704-782-4143, extension 219;

Marusak: 704-987-3670