Lake Norman & Mooresville

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Robbins Park plan approved

Town commissioners have approved a long-term plan for the 126-acre Robbins Park that calls for baseball fields, walking trails, natural areas, picnic shelters and a community garden.

Mayor Jeff Tarte called the area flanked by West Catawba Avenue and Westmoreland Road one of the largest remaining open spaces in town, an area “that can be a jewel for our community. This is going to be a spectacular amenity for our community.”

The town has worked on a Robbins Park master plan for several years. Commissioners voted unanimously last week to approve a plan that would also leave 7 1/2 acres of lawn along West Catawba Avenue for badminton and volleyball, a playground, and picnic shelters with restrooms.

The plan also includes The Preserve at Robbins Park, developer Ray Killian's 131-lot subdivision on which he said work will begin soon.

Several residents at last week's town board meeting urged commissioners to approve the plan, including longtime youth baseball organizer Gene Ervin.

“There are many, many tournaments I could bring to this area,” Ervin said. He is regional coordinator for Pony Baseball.

“We could bring many dollars into this town, the hotels, the restaurants,” Ervin said. “We need ballparks at Robbins Park. Let's keep these kids on the ball fields and off the streets.”

Commissioner Jim Bensman said approving the plan allows the town to apply for grants to help offset costs of developing the park. The master plan calls for $5.7 million in improvements.

Bensman said details of the park's design will change over time, as he said he considers the overall cost high. Construction will take several years, he said.

Work on animal shelter could begin soon

CORNELIUS Town commissioners will consider awarding a contract on Oct. 6 for work to begin on a long-awaited animal shelter on Meridian Street. Groundbreaking could happen by mid-November, Town Manager Anthony Roberts said. The shelter could be built in six months, he said.

Public hearing on Nantz Road plan

Town commissioners will continue a public hearing on the town's proposed Nantz Road Small Area Plan at their Oct. 6 meeting at town hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.

The plan aims to add more commercial space in the Nantz Road area while creating more access to Lake Norman for everyone.

Mooresville narrows long-term sewer options

Citing high costs and other concerns, town commissioners agreed last week to eliminate one of three options for handling the town's long-term sewer needs amid ongoing growth.

Commissioners agreed to no longer consider a regional plant on the west side of town or in Catawba, Lincoln or Mecklenburg counties.

Remaining options include expanding or building a new plant at Mooresville's existing 1983 plant, or linking with an existing regional system in Cabarrus County. No timetable for a decision has been announced, although commissioner Frank Rader said one should be made no later than year's end.

Local home builder receives statewide award

Luxury home builder Patrick Joseph & Associates of Cornelius received the N.C. Home Builders Association 2008 award for “Best Single-Family Detached Home Over $1 million” for a 10,000-square-foot coastal-style home on Lake Norman in Cornelius.

Brothers and partners Michael and James Shalvoy accepted the award in Charlotte on Sept. 10.