Commerce Station plan gets OK’ed

HUNTERSVILLE – Town leaders approved July 7 the proposed sketch plan to create six new lots east of N.C. 115 and south of Verhoeff Drive as part of Commerce Station Industrial Park.

Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson own Commerce Station. The station is home to Pactiv and ABB.

“We approved developing out to a portion of the property we do not own to bring in future investors and businesses,” Commissioner Rob Kidwell said.

Kidwell believes the extension is beneficial for the town and the Commerce Station.

The town wants to work with the landowners of the remaining property to help the town grow economically.

 

McDaniels provides economic update

HUNTERSVILLE – The LNREDC updated town board members July 7 about recent activity and what has been going on in the last six months.

Seventy percent of the $415,405 budget focuses on product development (sites and buildings), which Ryan McDaniels, executive director of the organization, says is priority.

“We will free up money whenever possible to make more room for product development,” McDaniels said.

As far as Huntersville projects go, McDaniels would like to start larger projects and established buildings in Huntersville to help recruit businesses. 

The Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation is responsible for creating economic development in Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson with a goal to improve the quality of life for residents through capital investment and creating highly skilled jobs.

 

2 put back on slimmer planning board

HUNTERSVILLE – Town commissioners re-appointed Art VanWingerden and Hal Bankirer to the Huntersville Planning Board on July 7.

They also reduced the size of the group from 11 to nine members to align with the 2030 Community Plan.

  

Lacrosse associations want to use Huntersville fields

HUNTERSVILLE – Michael Jaycocks, director of parks and recreation, requested town leaders at a July 7 meeting consider two lacrosse co-sponsorships – Carolina Miners Youth Lacrosse and Xtreme Youth Lacrosse.

The board approved both lacrosse teams for co-sponsorships on a 4-2 vote. Commissioners Danny Phillips and Rob Kidwell opposed.

According to Jaycocks, there are no co-sponsorship organizations that offer youth lacrosse, but there is available space for the sport.

The Carolina Miners have 121 participants, 39 who are Huntersville residents. The group believes having access to Huntersville fields will bring double the number of Huntersville kids to the fields.

Parks and recreation did not feel comfortable with Xtreme Youth as a co-sponsor.

While she does support them as co-sponsorships, Commissioner Melinda Bales expresses concern over the fact both lacrosse co-sponsorships are for-profit.

“I like the idea of parks and recreation offering a menagerie of choices, but a for-profit company is utilizing our space for a very inexpensive rate,” Bales said. 

Bales would like to have a discussion on for-profit versus nonprofit in terms of co-sponsorships.

“I trust the vetting process, but nonprofit or for-profit is another discussion,” Commissioner Jeff Neely said. 

Phillips worries the lacrosse co-sponsorships may not incorporate more Huntersville kids out on the fields.