Lake Norman & Mooresville

Red Dirt Alert

A committee of local business leaders is working to make sure the Interstate 77 Exit 32 under construction in south Iredell will be an attractive gateway to Mooresville.

The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce oversees the Exit 32 Gateway Committee, which is led by Bob Rush of Mooresville-based RAM Development Co. Mark Needham of Bonanza Development Co. in Mooresville has led the overall gateway committee effort, which previously included beautification of Exits 33 and 36.

“Our overall objective is to enhance the gateway entrances into the town,” Needham said after the committee met with state Department of Transportation officials last week at the Mooresville office of WSP Sells, a major U.S. consulting engineering firm on bridge, highway and other projects. The company was until recently known as Chas. H. Sells Inc.

“It's a positive for the overall community, very much so,” said committee member Karen Shore, president/CEO of the Mooresville chamber.

Companies and individuals have donated much of the cost of the previous exit enhancements. Ray Gibbs, senior landscape architect and urban planner for WSP Sells, is donating his design services for the Exit 32 beautification. He will provide a sketch of how Exit 32 might look with plantings and other amenities in time for the committee's next meeting on Sept. 30.

Committee members also include representatives of the planned $800 million Langtree at the Lake community that will be off the exit. Lowe's Cos. Inc. is off the other side of the exit; committee members said they hope to involve Lowe's, too.

The exit is expected to be finished on time next summer, state DOT officials said at the meeting. Exit enhancements, including plantings, would come in fall '09, they said. DOT officials also tried to clear up confusion over the number of the exit, saying it is Exit 32, not Exit 31 as some local officials have been calling it.

Wanted: Your thoughts on Lake Davidson's future

Residents can offer their thoughts about Lake Davidson's future at a meeting of Davidson and Mooresville officials this week.

The group of town commissioners and other officials eventually will recommend measures to their town boards to preserve the 341-acre lake along I-77 in north Mecklenburg and south Iredell. The group wants to hear from the public at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville.

The town of Davidson has gathered information about the lake on the town Web site, Once you're on the Web site, click “Community” and then “Lake Davidson Facts & Information.”

Developer to seek relief from road work

The developer of the planned 327-home Stafford subdivision in east Mooresville will ask town commissioners on Tuesday to remove a years-old stipulation that it widen nearby Faith and Mackwood roads beyond the requirements of the state Department of Transportation.

William Brewster Co. Inc. of Davidson contends that no nearby development had to widen such roads when they located there, Mooresville planning officials said last week. Developer Frank Jacobus of William Brewster couldn't be reached.

Planning staff previously recommended to the Mooresville Planning Board that the road-widening requirements be lifted. Fire department vehicles would access Stafford via stretches that don't fall under the road-widening requirement. And the N.C. Department of Transportation doesn't own enough right of way along Faith to allow for the widening and would have to acquire significantly more, staff said.

Stafford will be on 173 acres from Mackwood Road south to Faith Road, near The Hampshires and Foxfield subdivisions.

Builder putting up green home at The Farms

G.P. Kon Custom Builders Inc., a featured builder in The Farms community off Brawley School Road, is building its and the community's “greenest” home to date.

The home, in the Crescent Communities subdivision, will use renewable resources, such as prefabricated wood I-joists from smaller, faster-growing trees and conventional lumber waste, which protects hardwood forests. Crushed asphalt will be the base for the driveway.

Among numerous other “green” features, the home will use a spray foam insulation to provide a tighter barrier than traditional insulation, reduce energy costs and protect residents against mold and other allergens. Special windows will reflect radiant heat in summer and retain interior heat in winter, thus saving on heating and cooling costs. Water-conserving plumbing fixtures and appliances will reduce utility bills.

A sealed, insulated crawl space will save energy costs and prevent moisture from entering the home, while protecting indoor air quality.