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Town Board meets at 5 pm, OMB project on tap

Feb. 15. By Dave Vieser. While a public hearing regarding 180 homes on Mayes Road has been canceled, growth and housing in the town will still be on the agenda at tonight’s Town Board meeting.

Here’s a summary of items on the Feb. 15 agenda:

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is requesting permission to build 398 multi-family units, an amenity center with a pool, 50 townhomes, a 35,000 square foot brewery and full-service restaurant, along with 20,000 square feet of commercial flex space/retail. The project would be built at the northern end of Zion Avenue not far from downtown Cornelius and Antiquity. Monday will mark the first public hearing on this expansive project, which must also be reviewed by the town’s Planning Board.

—The Cornelius Community Housing Opportunities Committee will be presenting a set of recommendations to the town board. The committee appointed by Mayor Woody Washam is comprised of Town Commissioners, residents, agency representatives, developers, real estate professionals, bankers and the faith community. Michelle Hoverson, executive director of Above and Beyond Missions, will be presenting the recommendations on behalf of the Committee.

—The board will render a final decision on a request by MVP Properties to develop approximately 1.76 acres at 20042 N. Zion Avenue. The proposed use is a one story building containing a maximum of 16,000 square feet medical office space.

Black History Month

The Town Board is also expected to recognize February as Black History Month.

Early start

Due to a lengthy agenda, the meeting begins at 5 pm instead of the usual 6 pm start time. It will take place at Town Hall and broadcast live via the Town’s website www.cornelius.org.

How to comment

Those wishing to comment may do so in three ways:

—Via Zoom: Access the Town Board agenda at the town web site and link to public comment guidelines. Zoom participants should register and be prepared to join the meeting at 4:30 pm for audio/video testing.

—Via email to: TownofCornelius@Cornelius.org

—In-person, with several precautions, including mandatory masks (even when speaking) and touchless temperature checks. No audience seating will be available in the Assembly Room. Speakers and guests may wait in the lobby or Community Room, with appropriate physical distancing.