Lake Norman & Mooresville

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Demolition date set for Stowe gas station

Demolition of the former Stowe gas station on South Main Street is scheduled to begin Sept. 15 and take two or three days, town officials said.

Debris removal will take two more days, so demolition should be complete within a week, officials said.

Former longtime owner Wayne Stowe, who began working at the Exxon station in high school in 1963, decided in March 2007 to sell the property to developers. Harris Associates plans to construct a multistory mixed-use building on the site. It will be called the Stowe Building. The original building on the property dates back to the mid-1920s.

Developer wants public's input

Developer Bluestream Partners LLC will receive public input on Monday about its proposed Bailey Forest single-family subdivision on 64 acres along Bailey Road Extension.

The meeting will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.

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

Work begins on Davidson Commons East

Davidson Commons East, a mixed-use commercial and residential development, is under way at I-77 Exit 30.

The development includes two 20,000-square-foot commercial/residential buildings on Griffith Street beside the Children's Community School, said Martin Kerr of Martin Kerr & Associates LLC.

Building One will include first-floor office space, with 12 residential condominiums on the second and third floors, Kerr said. Building Two will have office space on the first and second floors, with six condominium homes on the third floor, he said.

The commercial units can serve as retail or office space, with prices starting at $195,000, Kerr said. The two-bedroom, two-bath condominiums will start in the upper $170,000s, he said.

The homes are designed as classic English “flats” on one level. Most will include granite countertops, hardwoods and exterior balconies. Both buildings will have elevators, Kerr said.

Tom McMahon and Paul Aiken of Sperry Van Ness will handle commercial sales. Kerr's firm will initially handle condominium sales. Kerr's Flat Creek Construction Inc. is the builder and general contractor.

The project is in the final stages of plan approval, and site work will begin in a few months, Kerr said.

Other members of the development team are Cole, Jenest and Stone for land planning and engineering, and The Wilson Group Architects.

A future phase will include 16 single-family homes by a related team led by Robert Tremblay of RLT Development LLC.

How should future I-77 exits look?

Help shape a vision for sections of Brawley School and Cornelius roads at upcoming town planning sessions.

Both areas are at future I-77 interchanges, and town planners are holding the meetings, called charrettes, to get input on what residents would like to see there. Planners are developing Small Area Plans for the areas.

A charrette will be 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St. A community open house to review progress of the plans will be 6-9 p.m. Sept. 17, also at the Citizen Center.

The town board of commissioners will have ultimate approval of the plans.

Mooresville, Statesville team up to lure businesses

Mooresville and Statesville are joining together on a marketing campaign this month that will target site consultants and business owners and managers considering relocations.

John Marek, marketing strategist for Greater Statesville Development Corp., created the campaign with a theme around Mooresville and Statesville being “edge cities” in the growing Charlotte region. Advertising copy and a new Web site highlight the local area's skilled workforce, business-friendly environment, available buildings and sites and high quality of life.

Mooresville and Statesville have been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 among U.S. “micropolitan” communities – communities under 50,000 population – by Site Selection magazine for four straight years. The area has brought in more new businesses than any other micropolitan in the country since 1999, the magazine found.