The Westmoreland Athletic Complex (WAC) will open this summer, as soon as construction of a turn lane and sidewalk on Westmoreland Road is completed – a project that should take about 14 weeks. The Cornelius Town Board on Monday unanimously approved a budget amendment designating an additional $290,000 to cover the land acquisition and construction costs.
The N.C. Department of Transportation requested that the town put in the turn lane, the lack of which is the only thing preventing the town from opening the complex, that includes four athletics fields, a playground, restrooms and picnic shelter. It will be used as a tournament facility on weekends, and will be open for rent and for use by local leagues during the week, Cornelius PARC Director Troy Fitzsimmons said.
And while crews are building the turning lane, they also will put in a 10-foot wide, multi-use sidewalk that will run from the complex entrance up to Alexander Chase.
If all goes well, the turn lane and sidewalk construction should be completed in about 14 weeks, Mr. Fitzsimmons said. He hopes to open WAC in June, but if the Spring is particularly rainy, construction could take a little bit longer, and opening might be pushed back to early July, he said.
Also Monday, the board:
- Voted unanimously to adopt a proclamation recognizing National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week April 8-14. The week is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators.
- Voted unanimously to approve an amendment to the 2006 grant agreement between the Town and Char-Meck Regional Housing Consortium for the development of Poole Place II. To date, 26 of the 46 planned homes have been constructed and occupied, but economic downturn has affected the phase II construction. HUD and the Consortium have negotiated closing out this grant account by revising the number of homes to be occupied from 46 to 30 by the end of the calendar year.
- Gave town staff the go ahead to pursue a partnership with Mecklenburg County that would allow them to pursue a grant to build a greenway from N.C. 115 east, through Antiquity to South Prong Greenway, at Davidson Elementary School.
- Learned about four scenarios the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization (MUMPO) is considering for widening I-77. MUMPO is looking to add high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on I-77 between the Brookshire Freeway (I-277) and Exit 28. All four scenarios include two general purpose lanes, and either one or two managed lanes. Those managed lanes would be either HOT 2+ or HOT 3+ lanes. There will be a public hearing on the proposed scenarios from 5 to 8 p.m. April 18 at Huntersville Town Hall.