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The many faces of Smithville

Smithville leaders to meet with US Rep. Adams office in search of more funds

July 7. By Dave Yochum. A $500,000 allocation from the State of North Carolina, as well as $3 million from the Town of Cornelius expected to be officially approved July 19 by the Town Board, means the Smithville Revitalization Plan is closer to reality. The funding comes on top of $3 million already approved by […]

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Town Board unanimously OKs Smithville plan

June 21. By Dave Vieser. In a unanimous vote, Cornelius commissioners endorsed the Smithville Revitalization Plan at their June 20 meeting. The 5-0 vote directs that the plan be utilized in conjunction with the town’s land use plan as well as other decisions related to Smithville, a historically Black community just east of I-77. Details […]

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Town Board may vote on Smithville allocation tonight

June 20. By Dave Vieser. At Monday evening’s Town Board Meeting, commissioners may render a final decision concerning funding for the Smithville Revitalization Plan. Organizers have asked for $6.6 million out of the $9.6 million the town will receive from the American Rescue Plan Act. ARPA funds are a one-time windfall for governments across the […]

NC Rep. Bradford requests $3 million for Smithville revitalization plan

June 3. NC Rep. John Bradford has submitted a formal NC House budget funding request for local projects, including $3 million for the Smithville redevelopment plan. The other requests include $150,000 for studying ocular melanoma, as well as $3 million for the Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Center. For the Town of Davidson, Bradford has […]

Major step forward for Smithville redevelopment

March 17. By Dave Vieser. The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $3 million grant from the American Rescue Plan for Smithville revitalization. “There will be another round of county funding in the fall, and we look forward to meeting the requirements of that RFP too,” said Willie Jones, a leader of the […]

The many faces of Smithville

Smithville revitalization plan gets nod from Planning Board

March 15. By Dave Vieser. The Cornelius Planning Board has unanimously endorsed the Smithville Revitalization Plan. The approval at Monday’s meeting followed a detailed overview of the plan provided by Willie Jones of the Smithville Community Coalition which calls for workforce housing, rehabilitation of existing properties and subdividing some properties in the historically Black community […]

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Cyber-bully attacked key community Zoom meeting

March 8. By Dave Yochum. A cyber-bully hijacked a Zoom meeting of the Smithville Community Coalition, startling and insulting a variety of attendees with the n-word and pornographic images. The meeting had several senior citizens participating when the obscene images took over the screen, according to Willie Jones, a member of the coalition who is […]

Smithville Coalition meets Monday via Zoom

Feb. 25. The Smithville Community Coalition monthly meeting will be held via Zoom Feb. 28 starting at 6:30 pm. To join, click here Meeting ID: 873 7393 9420 Passcode: SCC

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American Rescue Fund windfall a ‘pleasant surprise’

Feb. 14. By Dave Vieser. Last week, Cornelius officials revealed that the town will be eligible to receive $9.6 million from the American Rescue Plan. All told, the federal grants will deliver some $1.9 trillion across the country to support responses to and recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency. Cornelius plans to use its […]

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Windfall: Town Board eyes how to spend $9.6 million in federal stimulus funds

Feb. 9. By Dave Vieser. Cornelius will be eligible to receive $9.6 million from the American Rescue Fund according to town Manager Andrew Grant, who unveiled the good news at the Town Board meeting Feb. 7. All told, the plan will deliver some $1.9 trillion across the country to support responses to and recovery from […]