Posted on 16 January 2012.
Updated Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012
By DAVID BORAKS
More meetings lie ahead this week as Mecklenburg County’s Red Line Task Force lobbies for support for the proposed 25-mile commuter and freight rail line north of Charlotte. A critical vote could come Tuesday, when commissioners in Iredell County vote on the proposed $452 million plan.
It appears unlikely Iredell County leaders will vote in favor of the rail line, and that could bring a quick end to the latest effort to revive the rail line project. Iredell commissioners haven’t cast any votes yet, at least not formal ones. But they have signaled their lack of interest in the project: None have attended any of the regional meetings held to explain the project.
RELATED: Davidson planning workshop this Tuesday to Friday takes a closer look at potential development along the Red Line corridor. Read more in Real Estate & Home.
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Posted in Business, Commuter rail line, Cornelius, Huntersville, Mooresville, Planning & Development, Town Hall
Posted on 12 January 2012.
Consultant Mark Briggs discusses the Red Line plan at Wednesday's Lake Norman Transportation Commission meeting. Also pictured: Cornelius Commissioner Chuck Travis (left) and consultant Katherine Henderson (right) (Christina Ritchie Rogers/DavidsonNews.net)
By CHRISTINA RITCHIE ROGERS
and DAVID BORAKS
Commercial property owners along the proposed Red Line Regional Rail Project will be asked to make big up-front investments if area towns agree to move forward with the line, and some say that could make the project a tough sale.
To help pay for the commuter and freight rail line north of Charlotte, owners of commercial property in special districts around the tracks could begin paying extra taxes or fees years before rail service begins – and before they see any benefits. Read the full story
Posted in Business, Commuter rail line, Cornelius, Downtown & old Davidson, Huntersville, Mooresville, Planning & Development, Politics, South Main Street
Posted on 05 January 2012.
Lauren Blackburn looks at a map with citizens during Thursday's meeting at Town Hall (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
Participants in Thursday's session marked up a map of the West Side of Davidson. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
By DAVID BORAKS
If historical growth trends continue, Davidson’s population could more than double from its current 11,000 over the next few decades. That’s expected whether the proposed commuter rail line to Charlotte gets built or not, according to town planning manager Lauren Blackburn.
The rail line would only speed that growth, Ms. Blackburn said Thursday night at Town Hall, at the latest in a series of meetings to gather citizen input on development along the rail corridor.
The question is, how will Davidson develop in response to that growth? Read the full story
Posted in Business, Commuter rail line, Cornelius, Downtown & old Davidson, Huntersville, Mooresville, Planning & Development, South Main Street, Town Hall, West side
Posted on 14 December 2011.
Map shows locations of potential stations and financing districts. Click to download the PDF.
$452 million project won’t happen without all area governments in, task force chair says
By DAVID BORAKS
MOORESVILLE – Supporters of the Red Line Regional Rail Project north of Charlotte began their sales campaign in earnest Tuesday at a meeting of about 150 area elected and appointed officials. Leaders from across the region were there to hear the pitch, from Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Mecklenburg County Commission chair Harold Cogdell to town commissioners from the Lake Norman area.
There were plenty of skeptics in the crowd at the Charles Mack Citizens Center: local officials with questions about financing, retirees worried about higher taxes, and conservatives philosophically opposed to rail transit. Read the full story
Posted in Business, Commuter rail line, Cornelius, Downtown & old Davidson, Huntersville, Mooresville, Planning & Development, Politics, Public works, South Main Street, Town Hall