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Making a home more handicap accessible

teal michel bugDuring my design career, I have been involved in numerous renovation and remodeling projects throughout the house. Some have included making spaces more accessible. Having just had foot surgery, I am reminded how practical and important an accessible home is if you ever have a foot or leg injury or hand surgery, if you use a wheelchair or walker, and as you age. And it’s not limited just to you, but to a guest or visitor of all ages in your home. Read the full story

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Builder’s advice: Take care of pipes during freeze

This fountain near St. Alban's Church in Davidson froze in January 2010. Don't let this happen to your pipes. (Hans Diessel photo)

This fountain near St. Alban’s Church in Davidson froze in January 2010. Don’t let this happen to your pipes. (Hans Diessel photo)

Temperatures will fall below 10 degrees early Tuesday, unusually low for North Carolina. That has people across the region preparing – and offering advice. One of the major risks for homeowners in extremely cold weather is frozen pipes.

Davidson-based builder Rodney Graham, of John Marshall Custom Homes, said homeowners should prepare.

“People in the south don’t think about their water lines freezing, because temperatures in the single digits are so rare in this area,” Graham said Monday. “Southern homes are not built to withstand these types of temperatures, so homeowners need to take some precautions to minimize the risk of a water line freezing.” Read the full story

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HAMMERS holiday gift: Makeover for Mooresville home

Workers replaced rotting columns supporting Ms. Meadows’ front porch. (Bill Giduz photo)

Workers replaced rotting columns supporting Ms. Meadows’ front porch. (Bill Giduz photo)

By BILL GIDUZ
For Davidson Housing Coalition/HAMMERS

MOORESVILLE – Speaking over the din of construction work, Saussy Burbank/JCB Urban service manager Robert Hoffman said, “We just want to give something back to the community. A lot of people are in need, so this is the right thing to do.”

Hoffman and several other sub-contractors from Saussy Burbank/JCB Urban got together last week to present 84-year old Margie Meadows a badly needed rehab on her house on Wiggins Road in Mooresville. This was the sixth year in a row that Saussy Burbank/JCB Urban has conducted a “Holiday House” rehab project through the auspices of the Davidson Housing Coalition’s HAMMERS program. Read the full story

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April start planned for Antiquity Harris Teeter; apartments on the way, too

An architect's drawing shows the design of the planned Harris Teeter in downtown Cornelius.

An architect’s drawing shows the design of the planned Harris Teeter in downtown Cornelius.

Harris Teeter expects to break ground in April for its planned 53,000-square foot grocery in the Antiquity neighborhood in downtown Cornelius, and the store could be open in early 2015, the neighborhood’s developer said Tuesday. Meanwhile, developers also announced plans to break ground this spring for a senior housing complex of 86 apartments. And they’re talking to potential developers for another 300 apartments on a site next to the Harris Teeter. Read the full story

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Ribbon cutting signals Langtree is open, more to come

Langtree Lake Norman Apartments are the first project to open at the massive Langtree Lake Norman development off I-77 Exit 31. (David Boraks photo)

Langtree Lake Norman Apartments are the first project to open at the massive Langtree Lake Norman development off I-77 Exit 31. (David Boraks photo)

By DAVID BORAKS
CorneliusNews.net/DavidsonNews.net

MOORESVILLE – Most of the massive LangTree Lake Norman project has yet to be built, but developers celebrated a milestone Thursday with a ribbon cutting for the first 300 luxury apartments off I-77 Exit 31.

Tenants began moving in to the multistory LangTree Lake Norman Apartments last month, and rental agents are now working to fill the rest, even as the area west of the highway exit remains a construction zone. Read the full story

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Developers eye Exit 30 area for new commercial projects

Architect's drawing shows the concept for the exterior of the building facing Jetton Street. Click to download the original from the town website. (NarmourWright/via Davidson Planning Department)

Architect’s drawing shows the concept for the exterior of a new building proposed building facing Jetton Street. Click to download the original from the town website. (NarmourWright/via Davidson Planning Department)

By DAVID BORAKS
DavidsonNews.net

As the economy improves and MSC Industrial Supply staffs up its new co-headquarters off I-77 Exit 30, other developers have begun turning their attention to the area. Davidson planners now are reviewing plans for two separate projects off Griffith Street near the Jetton Street roundabout. One would have retail space and apartments, the other would be a multi-story office building. Read the full story

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