Lake Norman & Mooresville

Red Dirt Alert Joe Marusak |

Four-story office building to rise on U.S. 21

CDH Ventures II plans to start construction this year on a four-story, 21,000-square-foot Class A office building on U.S. 21, just north of the Century 21/Payroll Plus building.

Town commissioners unanimously approved a rezoning for the project Monday night. Among other conditions, developer John Hettwer agreed to post a $40,000 bond to cover any adverse impact on the neighboring Willow Pond community.

Two residents cited concerns about sediment that resulted from the Century 21 project, but Hettwer said he had nothing to do with that project and would abide by all county and state environmental rules. A representative of the Willow Pond Homeowners' Association and various other residents spoke in favor of the developer's plans on Monday.

The building should be ready for occupancy in the spring, Hettwer said. CDH Ventures II is looking at a business law firm and a CPA as tenants for the building, he said.

Learn more about small area plans for I-77 interchanges

Town officials will hold an open house 6-9 p.m. Wednesday for residents to learn more about the proposed Brawley School Road and Cornelius Road Small Area Plans. The meeting will be in the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St.

Town commissioners in July awarded a $153,000 contract for consultant LandDesign Inc. to develop small area plans at both the proposed Interstate 77 Cornelius Road interchange (Exit 37) and the state's planned I-77 interchange at Brawley School Road (Exit 35). The Brawley School Road interchange is part of the state's widening of the road to four lanes.

The plans will help guide how the town wants the areas around those interchanges to grow – or not grow, Mooresville Planning Director Tim Brown said. The town would not want another Exit 36 and its chronic traffic woes, he said.

The town sees the Cornelius Road corridor as an employment center with direct access to the interstate, Brown said, in part because it would extend to Mooresville Business Park on Mazeppa Road.

The small area plans will take six to eight months to complete.

N.C. Rail Division buys historic depot

The Statesville Depot has been purchased by the N.C. Department of Transportation Rail Division as part of its long-range plan to extend intercity passenger service to Western North Carolina, Rail Division Director Patrick Simmons said.

Historic Statesville Inc. and Downtown Statesville Development Corp. decided to sell the historic depot in early 2007. The nonprofit groups previously led a “Save the Depot” campaign and have supported the building for 13 years.

The state paid $360,000 for the building, a state rail official told the Observer.