Posted on 20 January 2015.
Kurt Naas, left, of Widen I-77 answers reporters questions Tuesday with lawyer Matt Arnold. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
By DAVID BORAKS
CHARLOTTE – Calling the NC DOT’s I-77 widening plan unconstitutional, the nonprofit anti-toll group Widen I-77 filed suit Tuesday at Mecklenburg Superior Court seeking to halt the $655 million project. Meanwhile, the DOT acknowledged Tuesday that it expects its private partner on the project won’t make a Jan. 22 deadline to obtain financing, but the deadline will be extended to give the company more time.
The Cornelius-based group’s leaders announced the suit at a press conference Tuesday morning at the offices of their lawyers, Arnold & Smith, surrounded by TV cameras and reporters. Read the full story
Posted in Business, Cornelius, Exit 30 area, Huntersville, Living with Growth, Planning & Development, Public works
Posted on 16 January 2015.
Commissioners on Tuesday approved appointments to town boards and committees, with one dissenting vote. They postponed a vote whether to lease land in front of the post office for a patio for the proposed Mestizo restaurant, because the lease negotiations aren’t complete. And they discussed developing a conceptual plan for an extension of the Kincaid Greenway that would run north through a wooded area from the foot of South Street toward downtown.
The board also voted to approve historic landmark status for a former mill house at 303 Delburg St., presented a $10,000 Main Street Solutions grant check to owners of the planned Kindred Restaurant on North Main Street. And commissioners continued discussions about major revisions to the planning ordinance. (See related story to come.)
See the full agenda and related documents at davidsonpublic.novusagenda.com.
Map shows the general route of the proposed extension of the Kincaid Greenway. Click to read a previous story with details.
Here’s a summary of major items :
- KINCAID TRAIL – In a closed session before their regular meeting, commissioners discussed a proposal and potential right-of-way acquisitions for a proposed extension of the greenway, which opened in 2007. The greenway currently runs from the foot of South Street near Davidson Elementary School east toward the Pines at Davidson and Avenger Lane. Commissioner Stacey Anderson said the town has $30,000 in its budget this to buy land for biking/walking projects, and hopes to conduct a survey and conceptual plan for extending the greenway northwest through a wooded area toward downtown. In 2011, the town received a $27,640 grant from the Carolina Thread Trail to acquire land or rights-of-way for the extension.
- APPOINTMENTS – The board voted 4-1, with commissioner Stacey Anderson dissenting, to appoint or reappoint members to the Design Review, Planning, and Livability boards and the Public Art Commission. They included: John Burgess to the Design Review Board; George Berger, Michael Higgs and Mickey Pettus to the Planning Board; and Jairo Cadena to the Livability Board. Michael McFadden was newly appointed to the Public Art Commission along with returning members Margo Williams, Karen Donnelly and Jane Avinger. Mayor Woods explained before the vote that the town drew on a previous list of interested citizens for nominations. Anderson didn’t like that. “I want to publicly go on record that I object that we didn’t notify and recruit new members,” she said. See the agenda item .
- GO RED FOR WOMEN DAY - Mayor John Woods proclaimed Feb. 6 to be “National Wear Red Day” in recognition of the ongoing fight against women’s cardiovascular disease.
- MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY - Mayor Woods declared Jan. 19 as Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Davidson, and encouraged people to consider community service projects in honor of the day. (For a schedule of speakers and events at Davidson College, see our Jan. 8 preview.)
- HISTORIC LANDMARK DESIGNATION - The board held a public hearing then voted unanimously to designate the former cotton mill house at 303 Delburg St. as a historic landmark. See details and related documents on the board’s agenda. See also our separate story and photo about the action, “Board designates mill house at 303 Delburg as historic.”
Kindred: Click image for story & photo in Food & Dining.
- A GRANT FOR KINDRED – Kindred Restaurant, which is under construction on North Main Street, won the town’s $10,000 Main Street Solutions Grant, and is spending it to improve the storefront, doors and windows at 131 N. Main St. The restaurant’s owners hope to open in February (See Jan. 8, “Town puts $10,000 up for grabs; Kindred restaurant is only taker” and a photo, Jan. 13, 2015, “Kindred renovation gets a little help from Town Hall”)
- BUDGET AMENDMENTS – Town commissioners approved meeting minutes, a small tax levy adjustment, and and budget amendments, including an additional $22,000 for down-payment assistance paid for by contributions from the Home Consortium.
- MESTIZO PATIO LEASE – The town has been discussing a request to lease a rectangle of land in front of the post office on North Main Street to be used as a patio for the planned Mestizo Restaurant, at 121 N. Main St. A final vote was delayed to a future meeting when town attorney Rick Kline said the final version of the lease was not ready and had not been shared yet with the restaurant’s owners. (See Dec. 10, 2015, “‘Contemporary Mexican’ eatery Mestizo planned on N. Main St.”)
- CLOSED SESSION – After its public meeting, the board went into a closed session to discuss an unspecified employment issue.
Posted in Business, Downtown & old Davidson, Planning & Development, Public art, public spaces, Town Hall
Posted on 13 January 2015.
The mill house at 303 Delburg St., at the corner of Watson Street, was one of many on the street build in the early 20th century for mill workers.
By DAVID BORAKS
With redevelopment claiming old mill houses on Delburg Street at a rapid pace, one house got a reprieve Tuesday night. Davidson commissioners voted unanimously to designate as a historic landmark 303 Delburg St., which is described as one of a few remaining early 20th century houses associated with the town’s mill village past.
The vote clears the way for the Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission to buy and renovate the building, said Stewart Gray, a Davidson resident and commission member. He told commissioners that the landmarks commission voted separately Monday to proceed with the purchase, pending the town board’s vote. Read the full story
Posted in Beaty-Watson-Armour area, Davidson history, Mecklenburg County, Planning & Development, Town Hall, West side