Lake Norman & Mooresville

Italian equipment maker chooses Huntersville

An Italian maker of dental and wood-finishing equipment plans to invest $16 million and create 90 jobs at one of two Huntersville sites it's considering for its North American headquarters.

Cefla America intends to build a 120,000-square-foot office, lab, manufacturing and distribution facility, and a research and development showroom in Huntersville.

The company is a division of Cefla Group, a 76-year-old manufacturer based in Imola, Italy. Cefla Dental Group, one of the company's four divisions, is a leading European dental equipment maker.

Cefla liked the Huntersville area's highly educated work force and its “superb transportation access” for domestic and international customers, Walter Favruzzo, Cefla America vice president-general manager, said in a news release.

Cefla Group also operates manufacturing plants in Italy, Brazil, Germany and China and has sales offices in 10 countries.

To help lure Cefla, Huntersville commissioners authorized negotiation of a $23,200-per-year economic development grant over five years. Cefla plans to add the jobs over three years.

“It's important to look at the big, long-term picture and the value of more jobs, a vibrant economy and a greater diversification of our tax base,” Mayor Jill Swain said of the grant.

Cefla intends to settle on a site in the next two weeks, said Jerry Broadway, executive director of the non-profit Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corp.

“My guess is the first part of next year they'll start turning dirt,” Broadway said.

Broadway declined to identify the sites, pending Cefla's land negotiations. Favruzzo couldn't be reached.

The development organization also worked with Prairie Packaging to locate 240 jobs and a $48 million total investment in the region. It helped existing industry Newell Rubbermaid with a $7.55 million expansion and 320 jobs, and helped Microban complete an $8 million expansion that included 45 new jobs.

Hearing scheduled for Sept. 2

on proposed N.C. 73 center

The Huntersville Board of Commissioners on Sept. 2 will hold a public hearing on Glenwood Development Co.'s request to rezone nearly 60 acres on N.C. 73 for a mixed-use center with 140,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, 41,000 square feet of office space, and 125 townhomes.

The center would be south of the intersection with Davidson-Concord Road.

The hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. at Huntersville Town Hall, 101 Huntersville-Concord Road.

Details: Huntersville Planning Department at 704-875-7000 or and click Departments, Planning and Current Zoning Cases.

Cornelius board to hold hearing

on Nantz Road Small Area plan

The Cornelius town board will hold a public hearing Monday night on the town's proposed Nantz Road Small Area Plan.

The plan is designed to support more commercial development and more public access to Lake Norman, town officials said.

Details: Cornelius Planning Department at 704-896-2461.

Crescent Communities offers something rare: More time

Crescent Communities is offering a new amenity at its Falls Cove community in Troutman and The Farms subdivision off Brawley School Road in Mooresville.

T.I.M.E., which stands for Time is Mine to Enjoy, aims to save residents time so they can spend more of it with their families. The amenity combines the efforts of three full-time staff members: the community activities director, community coordinator and resident services manager.

The community activities director plans year-round activities, from spring egg hunts and luaus to summer camps and community service projects. Community activities staff also arrange movie nights, craft hours, casino nights, book clubs and exercise classes for parents.

The community coordinator serves as a live “help desk” while managing the property owners' association.

The resident services manager helps residents arrange everyday services, such as landscaping, dry cleaning, car detailing and a personal chef.