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Planning Board, Park Board, Housing Committee recommend approval of Smithville Plan

The many faces of Smithville

April 20. By Dave Vieser. The Smithville Revitalization Plan continues its path through various boards and committees in Cornelius. The plan calls for workforce housing, rehabilitation of existing properties and subdividing some properties in the historically Black community just east of I-77.

On Monday April 19, some 75 people, including Black residents and Whites, urged its approval before the Town Board. They are seeking $6.6 million in funds from the $9.6 million expected to be received by Cornelius from the American Rescue Plan Act.

No decision will be made by the commissioners until the plan has been reviewed by a variety of town committees.

That said, the town budget must be approved in time for the July 1 start of the new fiscal year.

The Planning Board, Park Board and Mayor’s Housing Committee have all recommended approval of the plan according to Deputy Town Manager Wayne Herron.

“There will also be reviews by the Architectural Review Board and Transportation Advisory Board during the month of May,” Herron said.

The Historic Preservation Committee also heard a presentation this past month.

In March, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $3 million grant from the American Rescue Plan for Smithville revitalization.

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One Response to “Planning Board, Park Board, Housing Committee recommend approval of Smithville Plan”

  1. There is no other infrastructure issue under consideration that has been postponed for the last 50 years. The current commissioners now have the power and money to set things right and make Cornelius a place to be proud of. It’s challenging if the goal is to maintain a position on the town commission, but if the goal is to do the right thing, this ball cannot be kicked down the road any longer. The former commissioners touted their many years of serving, but what did they accomplish in all those years? That’s why they are no longer serving. The new commission has been elected to be different, be brave, and clean up the Smithville mess. The money is there. Take advantage of the opportunity. Citizens have spoken. It’s what we want,

    Posted by Karen Asche | April 20, 2022, 7:46 pm

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