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Kick off the New Year with a hike If holiday excesses might literally have you rolling out of bed New Years Day, consider joining the “First Footin” walk around the grounds of Historic Rural Hill. The Colonial era plantation was the home of the Davidson family, for whom all things Davidson are named. (Brig. Gen. William Lee Davidson was killed on Feb. 1, 1781 at the battle of Cowan’s Ford, along the boundary of Lincoln and Meck-

lenburg County, not far from the plantation today.) The vigorous walk around the farm’s 2.25 mile trail gets under way at 11 a.m. At noon there is a “Stone Soup Blessing” and gathering. This event is free, but everyone is asked to bring something to share. It’s bad luck to show up empty handed. You can bring fresh or canned vegetables, bread, dessert, soft drinks, bowls or utensils.

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Table of Contents Build and they will come Will the building spree under way change the character of our neighborhoods, our town? Page 4

Our first roundabout Will it have us going in circles? Page 6

Antiquity Heights

Social Security and Your Retirement

Developer Joe Roy has doubled the size of the project.

Do you know the right time to file? Since 1935, Social Security has been one of the pillars of retirement income, serving as the primary source of income for half of Americans over the age of 65 . In many ways, it can be regarded as a government-run retirement account for those that have put a portion of their paycheck toward the program throughout their working life.

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Dr. Mike

When you retire, your income may cease but your need for income doesn’t. Finding other sources of revenue that can replace your old salary is oftentimes the biggest challenge of retirement planning, which makes getting the most out of your Social Security benefit even more important.

Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Mike thought the worst. Page 9

Modern Dad

Jon Show’s approach to eating out with rug-rats. Page 26

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Change will come fast as property values rise BY DAVE YOCHUM With home prices here climbing on the order of 5, 10 and even 15 percent during the past 18 months, some people are looking at extensive renovations, outright tear-downs and infill development where property has sat empty for decades. Developer John Ogburn wants to build five homes on an infill parcel on Queen Street, just west of North Main. The houses would likely be in the $400,000 range, considerably higher than the modest homes nearby. Decades ago some of them housed workers and merchants in this former mill town. Gentrification is under way now in earnest. Some people say it’s all good. “Make no mistake—increasing property values in the town of Cornelius is a universally good thing. New in-fill development, which must invariably add substantial value to the nearby area or neighborhood—or should not be approved— is great to see,” said Dave Gilroy, a powerful free-market thinker on the Board of Commissioners. “It is our job at the Town Board level to ensure the highest standards for what is approved to be sure that we are not going backward, diminishing the current character GILROY of parts of our town in any way, or over-developing relative to what our roads can support,” Gilroy says. “Some of our best new development opportunities will come in the form of gentrification of blighted or run-down areas, especially on the historic east side of town,” he said. Older homes are all around Cornelius. Some are being remodeled and improved, while others, especially those on high-dollar waterfront lots, are being torn down and replaced with much more significant homes. Two nice homes, if they’re next to each other and available for sale, stand a fair chance of

being torn down and being replaced with a multimillion-dollar mansion. Town Planning Director Wayne Herron says a half dozen $2 million homes have been built in Cornelius during the past two years.

Cornelius: The $5 billion town*

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013

$5,431,995,686 $5,235,562,500 $5,000,082,500 $4,955,539,583 $4,939,225,000

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*Total property values Source: Town of Cornelius

On the east side of town, rising land values are making odd and leftover lots more desirable for the higherprice houses new homebuyers are

looking for. “We’re definitely seeing a trend around in-fill that is going to be what we will see on the residential side for the foreseeable future. A lot of the larger tracts will not be released in the near future by families, so developers are honing in on the in-fill sites,” Herron said. Indeed, Classica Homes, the developer of Robbins

Park, plans 27 upscale homes on 7.32 acres of former farmland on Washam Potts Road a short distance from Westmoreland Road. The development, to be called Washam Potts Reserve, will feature single-family residences between 2,800 square feet and 3,200 square feet, with a price tag around $500,000, an almost incomprehensible amount east of I-77 only five years ago. Some homeowners —and buyers—are in a state of shock. Total property value in Cornelius has soared 10 percent over the past three years, to more than $5.4 billion with a b. Land values are such that a less-than-average home in a better-than-average location is ripe for a thorough redo or in some cases a tear-down. There’s a new single-family home under construction on South Ferry

Street—the first new construction in this part of Smithville in memory. Prices are likely to continue to rise here, thanks to strong in-migration, ongoing corporate expansions and good weather. Hurricanes devastated parts of Florida, not Cornelius. Location, location, location is true. “Cornelius is an exBILODEAU tremely attractive place

to live—the climate, the lake and low crime will continue to attract development. This is a good thing,” says Denis Bilodeau, a new member of the Cornelius TARTE Board of Commissioners. Nobody wants property values to fall, even though there are people concerned about soaring values. “Decreasing values put people underwater on their mortgages. They can’t borrow against equity, for example, to help pay for college or to open a small business,” says NC Sen. Jeff Tarte, a former mayor of Cornelius.


It’s called gentrification when modest neighborhoods become trendy and expensive. Gentrification can cause a myriad of problems.

“The downside is you lose diversity of the population. … You can become an enclave of one class of citizen where the people are isolated and insulated from the rest of the world,” says Tarte. “Gentrification is a real issue. The biggest risk is we lose our history.”

Housing diversity

Losing history means repeating it. A more nuts and bolts effect is poContinued on page 5

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It’s new for Cornelius. Meanwhile, projects for our remaining undevel- great location and economy going on and so many people coming from the tax base is 83 percent residen- oped land.” tentially losing the “workforce hous- tial, which means residential propLook for affordable housing—and so many places, this has to happen,” ing” that helps attract new erty owners pay the bulk of gentrification—to be front and cen- says Robert Lowrance, a Cornelius business and paying jobs. ter in 2018 as the town focuses on native and independent commercial taxes. Not everyone has a high“Affordable housing is economic development, the tax base real estate broker. dollar job in Charlotte, or absolutely a regional issue, and the multimillion-dollar arts cena prosperous business in and not one that we can ter downtown. Bilodeau said he is Huntersville or Davidson. tackle solely on our own “pushing for movement asap as we “High-end development in Cornelius,” Gilroy says. need to improve the gateway to our has outpaced workforce “Given our existing tax downtown.” housing,” Bilodeau says. Gentrification means some people base is already heavily dis“We need to find solutions torted toward residential will be displaced, perhaps with an to make a portion of CorneMILTICH and especially high density, economic landfall. lius housing affordable for “Rising values are a function of multi-family, we need to middle- to low-income wage earners, heavily favor economic development a great economy. We have such a HERRON which, by the way, would include professions such as police officers.” Diversity, of course, makes life more interesting. Then, too, no one wants police officers commuting in from miles and miles away. It’s good when first responders, teachers, restaurant servers and retail workers live in our midst. Not to mention grandparents and young families. Dr. Mike Miltich, the new mayor pro tem, has concerns about gentrification as well. “Is it the ‘Cornelius Way’ to be an ® exclusively affluent town? In listening to the citizens, I’m hearing it’s not. “My sense is that we want to preserve our mix in some way. That has to be balanced against the right of owners selling their property,” Miltich says. Tier 1 up to $200,000 (15% of Prime) He wants the town to stay focused on its land use plan with considerable input from stakeholders on an ongoing basis. “Development decisions have to consider the underlying neighborhood plus possible benefit to the town as a whole. Those determinaTier 2 greater than $200,000 (25% of Prime) tions are not always black and white and compromises have to be made,” Miltich says. Meanwhile, the town has established an affordable housing commission that at this point is assessing housing stock and identifying goals. One goal is to inject mixed-income Branches in Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Mooresville, solutions to the development landscape. SouthPark and Wilmington “The appeal and growth of east Cornelius offers a good canvass to employ new thinking regarding mixed*APY = Annual Percentage Yield. The initial interest rate is based on the balance in your account. All balances less than $200,000 have an APY that is 15% of the then current published Wall Street Journal (WSJ) prime rate. All balincome development. We have the ances $200,000 or greater have an APY that is 25% of the then current published WSJ prime rate. **Rates are variable 704.439.4343 opportunity to invest in vocational (“Floating Rate”) and rates will adjust on the business day the prime rate is published in the WSJ. If the daily balance falls below $25,000 any time during the statement cycle, a $30.00 Monthly Maintenance fee will be applied. Must training for the type of jobs that will have an active checking account with Aquesta Bank. Interest rates are variable and subject to change after the account is opened at any time. Additional terms and conditions or fees may apply. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. be in walkable distance as Old Town Cornelius blossoms,” Bilodeau said. Continued from Page 4

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BY DAVE VIESER ​eople who dislike roundabouts P won’t be happy, but it appears the​ knot where North Main Street​and Potts Street meet near the​YMCA and the​b ​ order with D ​ avidson may be​reconfigured into a roundabout. Most of the project will be funded by the state using I-77 toll lane bonus allocation funds. Property acquisition should begin in 2018 and construction by the start of 2020.

ect Manager Teresa Gresham. “However the major concern with the signalized method is that motorists traveling northbound on Main Street would not be able to make a left turn into Davidson Street to access the YMCA.” The DOT’s projected cost for the roundabout is $6.9 million, but Grant says that could change. “This is only a planning level cost estimate for the project. During design, a more refined estimate will be prepared,

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The area can be a mess during peak travel times and, left unchanged, would “continue to degrade​ ,“​ said Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant. “Furthermore, the PottsSloan-Beatty Connector project in Davidson will increase traffic volume, further degrading the level of service. Improvements are needed in the short and long-term,” he said. The Potts-Sloan-Beatty Connector will provide motorists going through Davidson with an alternate north/south artery. This should relieve some of the heavy traffic often seen on Main Street but it will also increase traffic coming down Potts Street towards Cornelius. NCDOT and the Kimley-Horn consulting firm have been analyzing the traffic and alternative designs. They have engaged the public and local businesses during the process, including holding a public meeting to receive comments on two alternative designs: One is the roundabout; the other a signalized intersection. Preferences centered on the roundabout. “There are pros and cons to both options,” said Kimley-Horne’s Proj-

likely revising the cost estimate. The Town will eventually have discussions with the DOT about those more refined cost estimates for the project, including who provides funds for amounts that exceed current funding levels.” Gresham says the DOT is working with Kimley Horne on a modified version of the roundabout design which should be ready for presentation to residents and town officials by the middle of 2018. The town has appointed an advisory board to help deal with transportation decisions around North Main. Members include Mayor Woody Washam​and Commissioner Dave Gilroy as well as Kathryn McClelland (Historic Preservation) and Catawba North residents Joy Dean and Ken Batts. PARC Chair Scott Higgins, Planning Director Wayne Herron, Town Manager Anthony Roberts and Assistant Manager Andrew Grant are also members as well as officials from the NCDOT and YMCA. Gary Winge from Carolina Cones is the lone business person on the advisory board.

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Antiquity road show: More delays for a project that may have gotten too big

could build “by right.” Despite enormous demand for new housing, developers are being ​confronted by new and better organized​ citizen m ​ ovements calling for slower and more sensitive growth, especially in light of lagging infrastructure BY DAVE VIESER improvements. In this case, the year​ In May 2016, with a strong lo-​ and​ -a-​ half of waiting has enabled cal economy and Cornelius Antiqresidents from both towns to fortify uity neighborhood growing day by their opposition to the project based day, developer Joe Roy of Charlotte on traffic/safety issues. based Meeting Street Company filed Antiquity resident Kelly Gardner​​ a rezoning application with the town started a group called CARD (Citiwhich if approved, would have perzens Advocating Responsible Develmitted him to build Antiquity Woods, opment) in response to the Antiquity a mixed-use community on 16 acres Woods rezoning efforts​. “Our memof vacant land. bers really care about traffic/safety The proposed development, which issues on South St​reet ​and in Antiqwould be in Cornelius but virtually uity,” she said.​ on top of the Davidson border, was Antiquity Heights could put in about 50 homes without changing zoning The specific traffic issue of most for 103 single-family homes (a mixture of attached and detached), a rector Wayne Herron. “Other than ered bridge in Antiquity and​McEver concern is that the only entrance four-bedroom inn, and a 2,500 sq ft that, we have no indication of any ad- baseball field in Davidson.​Currently and exit to Antiquity Woods would , be precisely where traffic on South restaurant. Some 18 months later, ditional direction in which to move zoned Neighborhood Residential​ Street from Davidson approaches the current Roy plan would require a the project forward.” the project is at a standstill. Roy has the narrow covered bridge which conditional zoning status f ​ or the deRoy wouldn’t talk to a Cornelius clearly not given up​, although other connects the two towns. Today reporter, but other developers sired density. developers are guessing he will. In December of last year, the reIn reality, Meeting Street could Roy actually paid a double appli- are suggesting that a less ambitious quired traffic impact analysis (TIA) cation fee of $2,500 to keep the ap- project without retail and with fewer erect approximately 50 homes without getting a change in the zoning. for the project was completed by plication active until April 30, 2018, homes might move forward.​ The project is next to the cov- However, their plans call for a den- A. Morton Thomas and Associates according to Cornelius Planning Disity of about twice the amount they of Raleigh. The 50-page document includes information on the traffic flow which the development would generate. Neighbors were already concerned with some of the information that was omitted in the study, including the failure to account for the expansion of Davidson Elementary School from K-5 to K-8 grades by the end of 2018. Will the time which has elapsed result in the need for a new TIA? “That depends​,​“ said Herron. “Did the plan change? Did any circumstances related to items evaluated change? If things did change, does it change the outcome or the recommended mitigation? We do not know what plan the applicant will choose​,​so we will just have to wait and see.” For now, everything is on hold and at least one of the newest members of the Cornelius Town Board seems • Mercury-free dentistry concerned. “The proposed develop• Serving Lake Norman since 1993 ment has over twice the number of • Certified general cosmetic sedation dentists homes it is currently zoned for, and the TIA fails to account for the in• Children’s dentistry with a waiting room play area creased traffic at Davidson Elemen• Comprehensive dental care services for the entire family tary​,​“ said Commissioner Kurt Naas. • Experienced, caring service in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere “Any development looking to cram twice the number of homes on a parcel via conditional zoning is a tough sell.”

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Top vote-getter expected to lose in November It turns out our new mayor pro tem—the highest vote-getter in the 11-way race for Cornelius Board of Commissioners—was “always concerned” that he would lose his reelection bid for one of five seats on the town board. Mike Miltich and his wife Ann may have worked the polls and neighborhoods the hardest of all the candidates, with stints in cold and rain during early voting at Cornelius Town Hall and on Election Day at Waterfront Hall at Jetton Park. “Looking at the quality of the candidates, I felt I had about a 50-50 chance of winning. For about six weeks, Ann and I walked or drove Cornelius neighborhoods, mostly the ones that we hadn’t canvassed in 2015,” said Miltich, a physician who also has a marine captain’s license. There were 11 candidates this past year; Miltich says they were all “great,” which added to his concern over the election. “As I’ve said many times, starting in 2013, Cornelius is blessed with having

Husband and wife team, Ann and Dr. Mike Miltich, campaigned hard during early voting

so many great candidates to elect,” he said. “This time was no different.” Miltich, who said he “was striving for sixth place plus one vote,” said he was in disbelief when the results were announced. He promised to “continue to listen, analyze and

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make the best decisions I can for our Town and for all equally.” The mayor pro tem serves in the mayor’s absence at Town Board meetings and public functions. It literally means for the moment or for the time being, but it’s a coveted hon-

or nevertheless. Miltich came out ahead of incumbents like Dave Gilroy, Thurman Ross and Jim Duke. Miltich pulled in 2,046 votes. Fifth-place winner Ross captured 1,896 votes, six votes ahead of Duke.

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Christian Eckes is off to the races

in the heart of race country. His parents Darlene and George are school bus entrepreneurs from New York. country to race throughout the year​, Eckes has already picked up a which means the logistics of school- number of sponsors, including Toyoing is about as hard as calculus. He is ta Racing, and Stock Car Steel. Last an online student at George Washing- year, he was also part of Dale Earnton University Online High School. hardt Jr.’s JR Motorsports team and ​He said the flexibility which study- this year he was named a Toyota Deing online provides is a “tremendous velopment Driver. help” with his hectic schedule. His​ Last year he won the Myrtle Beach sister Erica, a senior at George Wash- 400 at Myrtle Beach Speedway, the ington University, told him about the Thanksgiving Classic at Southern online school and “everything just National Motorsports Park and the came together” at the for-profit on- Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedline high school. way The Eckes family moved to The Christian hopes to attend UNCPeninsula in 2016, putting Christian Charlotte.

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Cornelius Town Board members attend Davidson Town Board Dec. 14. In a mutual show of re- lius board meeting Monday, Dec. 4, to press the case for the tolls. Indeed, tional highway improvements south spect and solidarity, all five members and it was repeated Tuesday, Dec. 12 support for tolls has demolished not of the Huntersville bottleneck. “When we coordinate and cooperjust political careers but of the new Cornelius Town Board in Davidson, when Mayor some attempts at regional- ate, all of us benefit by having a largas well as Mayor Woody Washam Rusty Knox was sworn in. ism. Huntersvile and Corne- er voice/presence at the negotiating “We must realize that we attended the Davidson Town Board lius bailed out of the once deliberations with other entities. A meeting Tuesday. It was the good all have some of the same larger Lake Norman Trans- win for one results in a win for all kind of payback: Monday a week issues that affect our region portation Commission after the towns,” said Miltich, the Corneago, all five members of the new and work not only with our it failed to weigh in on the lius delegate to the CRTPO. Davidson Board of Commissioners neighboring towns but with A collective approach to large istoll crisis in any way shape attended the Cornelius Town Board county, state and federal sues like roads, education and even or form. governments. We meeting along with incomMike Miltich, the new air pollution helps get local opinions all have different ing Davidson Mayor Rusty MILTICH Cornelius mayor pro tem, heard, according to state legislators. relationships with Knox. “Approaching challenges and issays the Huntersville, Davarious persons Regionalism, also known or entities and by working vidson and Cornelius “infrastructure sues regionally is an area of new as cooperation between the opportunity for our Lake Norman collaboratively, we will only is intertwined in so many ways.” North Mecklenburg towns, towns,” said Washam, the One of the chief ways benefit from regionalism,” is important beyond the new mayor of Cornelius. is the Charlotte Regional Ross said. hot mess that tolls on I-77 All three are expected to It wasn’t always that Transportation Planning Orbecame, starting with a reach out to the mayor of ganization which passes on way with lone ranger types 900-page contract no one ROSS Mooresville as well as NC grandstanding where and almost all things transporcan understand except CinRep. John Bradford and when they could. The show tation related on a regional tra, the company that was NC Sen. Jeff Tarte. awarded the 50-year contract, com- of solidarity also underscores agree- basis. Each town or city has “The relationships I alment around the profound failure a weighted vote based on plete with no-compete language. ready have in place with size, with Charlotte being “We must continue to realize there of the I-77 toll contract as it stands Mayors Aneralla, Knox is power in numbers and keep our and any kind of meaningful buy-in the elephant in the room. WASHAM and Adkins will be a helpOnly when the other communication open with our neigh- around the $650 million project. ful foundation to move reOne of many backdrops to this story towns vote together can boring towns,” said Cornelius Comis that the former mayors of Cornelius they out-vote Charlotte, which ben- gional cooperation and dialogue to missioner Thurman Ross. Local history was made when the and Davidson scuttled their political efits mightily from toll lanes in and new levels quickly and efficiently,” Davidson board attended the Corne- careers when they traveled to Raleigh out of the city as well as the addi- Washam said.

Mayor revives citizen-driven Transportation Advisory Board Dec. 7. By Dave Vieser. In one think we need a board that will hone of his first official acts, Cornelius in on that issue, study it and give us Mayor Woody Washam has revived feedback.” In some respects, the original TAB the town’s Transportation Advisory was ahead of its time. For Board (TAB), which has example, in 2008, the combeen dormant since Febmittee recommended that ruary, 2013. The Board is the speed limit for the enone of 17 standing advitire length of Jetton Road sory committees whose be set at 35 mph. “As it is members are directly apnow, the higher speed limit pointed by the mayor. is on the east end where The TAB was originally the park and firehouse are formed in 2008 but was and that makes no sense at put on an “as needed” all,” said several members. basis during the Rinker NAAS The town board did evenadministration and never tually establish a 35 mph met under Mayor Travis. Washam made the announcement speed limit out of safety concerns. However, the big issue which may​ at his first Town Board meeting this have detoured the committee into​a week. “If I was to ask anyone in this state of​limbo was the I-77 toll lanes. room what our top priority in Cor- Sentiments in Town Hall at that time nelius would be, you’re going to tell favored the plan for tolls and tollme transportation,” Washam said. “I fighter Kurt Naas, who is now a com-

missioner, was a member of the TAB. Naas enraged at least one elected official back in 2013 when he criticized the 50-year agreement for toll lanes between Charlotte and Lake Norman. Washam said the commissioners will be discussing the revivitalized board’s structure at their January

planning retreat, typically held at Reynolda House in Winston-Salem every year. “We’re going to need to do some work on the TAB in terms of clearly establishing its goals. However I served on the committee in the past and it’s a good committee if they know their mission,” the new mayor said.

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Affordable housing builds a foundation for a better community Dec. 12. By Dave Yochum. When you look on an aerial map of Cornelius you can see it pretty quickly. Some of the most run-down, substandard housing in Cornelius is less than a mile away from well-tailored million-dollar homes. Yet there are dwellings within an easy walk of those million-dollar homes where adults and children are literally falling through the cracks. There is a growing shortage of affordable housing in Cornelius, as well as an abundance of substandard homes on one end of the scale and luxury homes on the other end. “Affordable housing doesn’t mean ‘poor,’ it means affordable,” says Jim Duke, a former Cornelius Town Commissioner and community leader who lives in one of those large homes in The Peninsula. But his grand-daughter doesn’t. She teaches seventh grade math in Charlotte and, for her, affordable housing is sharing a three-bedroom apartment with two other teachers.

Thing is, Cornelius rents are soaring. Average rents here, according to, are the highest in the Charlotte region, at $1,153 a month. From January of 2014 to December of 2016, average rents in Cornelius rose 15 percent. Cornelius’ average rents are higher than Charlotte. Driving the increase: No new apartment buildings were completed in 28031 during 2016. Gentrification is also a factor. With property values soaring, mutli-generational neighborhoods are under pressure as well. The next generation may not afford to stay close by, something that adds a richness and depth to neighborhoods.

“Families with incomes significantly lower than a median often struggle to find affordable, safe neighborhoods to raise their children,” Duke says. “It is our responsibility as a Town to ensure that all citizens have access to residences they can afford.” There are lots of drivers around being unable to afford decent housing, not just income. Domestic violence is one. And children, of course, have no control over where they live, perpetuating generations of struggling families, often led by single women. Evictions by slumlords can happen at the drop of a hat. Then, too, many people in undesirable housing situations remain there out of fear: Some may be illegal immigrants, or have members of the family who are. And they’ll never complain or speak up, says Jeff Porter, who led Habitat for Humanity in Cornelius for several years. He says one in five people here lives in substandard housing, “anything from failing plumbing and heating and air conditioning systems to mold.” Follow the money: New housing is built along class lines.

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here on a back porch—a porch—for $900 a month. “A lot of people are afraid to ask for assistance because they are afraid the house will be condemned,” he says. “People are secretly living in poverty,” Porter says. One elderly couple lived for five years without plumbing before they asked Habitat for help. The protests and riots that rocked Charlotte last September really weren’t about a police shooting. They were more about economic disparity: Charlotte ranks dead last on a list of 50 US cities in terms of upward mobility. At a community meeting shortly after the Charlotte riots, former Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis asked, “are we prepared for what might happen in our community?” Apologizing to the audience for not having a conversation sooner about race relations, he also called for more affordable housing in Cornelius. “There must always be a place for all in any healthy and diverse community,” Duke says. Teachers, firefighters, police don’t necessarily pull in the bucks needed to raise a family in Cornelius, but they don’t qualify for government assistance either, Porter says. “If they live here, the people who police our neighborhoods, teach our kids and fight our fires are much more engaged than those who drive in,” Porter says.

Cul de sac communities isolate people. “We’ve done a really bad job with planning,” Travis said at that meeting in September. “There was a time in our community when we did live closer together and there was that sense of community. You knew all the social standings, you had the rich, the blue collar community, we knew each other, but as we became more and more suburbanized, now you see the increase in violence, you segregate poverty and push it to the outskirts,” says Porter. There’s a small business impact as well. “Some employers are already having trouble hiring people from out of town due to the traffic and this will only get worse. In turn, critical services and businesses, such as police and fire, teachers, skilled workers, along with wait staff and sales people, will suffer. This will result in a decline in our quality of life,” says Town Commissioner Mike Miltich.

Fixing the problem

The problem can be fixed, Porter says. Habitat builds about 15 affordable houses a year for working people who put sweat equity into their new homes as well. Twenty families in Cornelius are on the Habitat waiting list. Affordable housing changes the dynamics in any given household. “It enables people to afford the medicine, the food, the clothing they need to live a stable life,” Porter says. The old approach to affordable or subsidized housing was to segregate everyone into towers or specialized areas, creating “all sorts of problems we know don’t work,” he says. “What we know is affordable housing when it is integrated into marketrate housing, there will be a much more healthy and stable effect that occurs,” Porter says. “We are at the threshold of a much healthier proven way of integrating affordable housing into neighborhoods.” Travis says there is a shortage of affordable housing on the west side of Cornelius. Habitat hopes to scatContinued on page 13

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ter affordable housing, instead of concentrating it in a single area, like Poole Place on the sharp turn in Bailey Road. Porter says Davidson has “given us a good example of how to” incorporate higher density housing in large projects so that for-profit builders can include affordable housing at the start of planning. “It’s with the for-profit homes… where you get that mixed-income, not a lot of affordable housing altogether. That’s so important. Affordable housing is like a relief valve. If you give people hope, it is the perfect antidote to violence,” Porter says. It’s actually hard to picture violence in Cornelius, but it happened in Charlotte where the privileged and upwardly mobile were convinced it couldn’t happen. “We have started the conversation, but we’re not really ready for the conversation. … how do we actually improve affordable housing? We are not unique… [countless] towns are dealing with the same issues,” Police Chief Bence Hoyle said. There’s a practical side, in addition to a ready supply of workers for employers: The owners of affordable houses pay real estate taxes too. Habitat homes alone paid $124,540 in taxes last year. The town has a number of lots and even houses on the books that could be sold to Habitat, and then re-sold. “We envision affordable housing being integrated with market-rate housing in such a way that the two are imperceptible from the outside as people drive by,” Porter says. For the first time, Miltich said, Cornelius is discussing affordable housing in earnest within Town Hall. We are at an important crossroads in our town, said Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam. He plans to create a “human relations advisory board” which will have affordable housing research, study and recommendations as part of the mission. “With land being developed and bought up for development, it is past time for an action plan. We’ve talked about this matter long enough and the time of action is upon us,” Washam said.

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New business taps into dancers

Christine and JR Hipsky officially opened Dynamic Ballroom. Dance is a $3 billion industry

Dec. 12. It looks like ballroom dancing has legs thanks to danceinspired television shows and rising interest in dance as an alternative form of exercise. Indeed, classes are filling up at the new Dynamic Ballroom. An official ribbon cutting was held at the glassed-in dance studio last week thanks to the Lake Norman Chamber. In a twist, owners Christine and JR Hipsky shagged firstclass space on Bethel Church Road, building a new brick and glass facility just off West Catawba. They offer private lessons, group classes and open social dances where you can waltz in right from the street and you don’t have to have a partner. Dance is a $3 billion industry with healthy annualized growth in excess of 3 percent a year. Studios nowadays offer everything from Latininspired lessons to rental space for parties—Dynamic will host a New Years Eve party Dec. 31. JR began ballroom dancing in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. He

tried a Jitterbug dance class at a church hall outside of the University of Pittsburgh campus just out of high school. That class quickly led to other classes and styles of dancing, which would eventually lead to a teaching position at a franchised ballroom studio in Pittsburgh. His wife Christine began her ballroom dance career as a senior in high school where she learned just enough of the basics at a local ball-

room studio to spark her interest in the dance style. She then joined the Ballroom Dance Team at Ohio State University, where she competed in International Latin and Standard as well as American Rhythm and Smooth for four years, taking home the title of National Collegiate Latin Champion during her junior year. Newly installed Mayor Woody Washam as well as Lake Norman Chamber CEO Bill Russell attended the ribbon-cutting.

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Home Sales

18432 Harbor Light Blvd., Cornelius sold for $2.400 million

These recent property transactions in Cornelius and Davidson and Huntersville were recorded by the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds.


11/9/17 $154,500 Grasshopper 3 LLC to Rent the Farms, 19701 Bethel Church Rd., Unit 301 11/9/17 $309,500 James & Frances Bateman to Wendy Wolf & Neil Neuschatz,

9826 Willow Leaf Ln. 11/9/17 $2,400,000 Paul & Jennifer Menard to Richard & Sheila Brown, 18432 Harbor Light Blvd. 11/9/17 $367,500 Ralph & Pamela Garcia to Christopher & Angela Watson, 1034 South St. 11/9/17 $245,000 Christopher & Angela Watson to Rosalind Fox & Thomas Mullen, 19910 Crew Cottage Ct. 11/13/17 $300,000 Louis & Diane Pagliaro to Linda Hughes, 18840 Nautical Dr. Unit 56

11/13/17 $209,000 Kellie Lawson to Cerberus SFR Holdings, 19004 Long Pond Ln. 11/15/17 $405,000 Robert McClain to Michael Mallick & Kathryn Wagner, 18742 Nautical Dr. Unit 3 11/16/17 $357,000 South Creek Homes to David & Cheryl Jirele, 17741 Morehampton Ave. 11/16/17 $79,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 316 Bailey’s Glen 11/17/17 $249,500 John & Nicole Martin to George & Virginia Flack, 18439 Victoria Bay Dr.

11/17/17 $220,000 Brian & Amy Schroeder to Ronald & Lynn Hatch, 19606 Deer Valley Dr. 11/17/17 $465,000 Julie Weedon to Steven Delay, 18716 Nautical Dr. Unit 6 11/20/17 $309,000 Vincent & Ann Watkins to Karon Johnson, 7513 Montrachet Ln. 11/20/17 $218,000 Tanner & E. Cassidy Lackey to Robin & Craig Martinez, 20939 Lakeview Cir. 11/20/17 $274,000 Angela Shrum to James & Linda Buchanan, 17119 Lake Path Dr. 11/21/17 $221,000 Kayla & Shannon Short to Mary Cristianson, 18816 Nautical Dr. Unti 2, Cornelius 11/22/17 $190,000 Gary & Jacqueline Smith to Patricia Foard, 7610 Mariner Cove Dr. 11/22/17 $210,000 Agora Real Estate Holdings to Caroline Thaxton, 19855 Lamp Lighters Way 11/22/17 $164,000 Ruth Young to RKS Properties, 17245 Doe Valley Ct. 11/27/17 $448,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Alice & Paul Plybon Jr. 16207 Lakeside Loop Ln. 11/28/17 $142,500 Kathleen Deggelman & Mark Wolski to Clayton Kowalski, 17643 Trolley Crossing 11/28/17 $995,000 Renee & William Hall Jr. to David Rausch, 17524 Sail View Dr. 11/29/17 $180,000 Kelli Brooks to George Pansire, 18741 Nautical Dr. Unit 201 11/29/17 $142,400 Ami Jackson to Mary Wullenjohn, 7604 Woods Ln. Unit 20 11/29/17 $283,000 Edward Hally & Margaret Masterson to Arkady Neymark & Julia Malinsky, 19224 Lake Norman Cove Dr. 11/29/17 $1,008,000 Brian & Lori McIntyre to Michael & Morgan Beisenherz, 18400 Peninsula Club Dr. 11/30/17 $ 235,000 Michael & Amber Melendez to David Moore & Mary Gourley, 10809 Danesway Ln. 11/30/17 $461,000 Epcon Nantz Road LLC to Blair & Margaret Boggs, 16127 Lakeside Loop Ln. 11/30/17 $690,000 115 Car Wash/JDG to BS Cornelius LLC, 18341 Old Statesville Rd. 11/30/17 $200,500 MS Antiquity to Sarah Pierson, 19820 Lamp Lighters Way

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Home Sales 11/30/17 $169,000 Elizabeth & Jeremy Bach to Jessica Brown, 9410 Cadaman Ct. 11/30/17 $167,500 Robert Darden to Deborah Doherty, 17653 Delmas Dr. 11/30/17 $1,600,000 Judson & Donna Stringfellow to Carolyn Yates, Lot 392 The Peninsula 11/30/17 $124,000 Barbara Creevy to Jonathan & Deborah Dowdy, 19918 Weeping Water Run Unti C 12/1/17 $284,000 Curtis & Karen Marshall to Shien Zhang & Li Yun Cheng, 20300 Harroway Dr. 12/1/17 $138,500 John & Lori Petraitis to Ronald Funkhouser, 7600 Woods Ln. Unit 25 12/1/17 $450,000 Rosemary Fugate Reeves Revocable Trust to Henry Christian & Elizabeth Fuller, 19611 Galleon View 12/1/17 $654,000 Mary Lou NcNeil to Thomas Erickson, 18300 Invergordon Ln. 12/1/17 $412,000 Epcon Nantz Road to Carolyn Hrach, 16123 Lakeside Loop Ln. 12/4/17 $120,000 Classica Homes to Marcus & Kimberly Moore, 17311 Lake Path Dr. 12/5/17 $224,500 Victoria & James Gordon III to Patrick Paige & Brian Griffin, 1124 Inn Keepers Way 112/5/17 $172,000 Mildred Whiteside to Penny Stroupe, 19335 S. Main St. 12/6/17 $449,000 Gretchen & Sidney Smith Jr. to Christopher & Brooke DiPietro, 19139 Berkeley Commons Dr. 12/6/17 $158,000 Adam & Haski Breeding to Patricia Nestor, 17209 Doe Valley Ct. 12/7/17 $374,500 South Creek Homes to David & Julie Gehrke, 17733 Morehampton Ave. 12/7/17 $70,000 Bluestream Partners to South Creek Homes, Lot 314 Bailey’s Glen 12/8/17 $319,500 Michael & Kelly Ladd to HP North Carolina I LLC, 8721 Magnolia Estates Dr. 12/8/17 $285,000 Mark & Elaine Jones to Michael Brumbelow, 20718 Waters Edge Ct. 12/11/17 $360,000 Karen Shafer & David Hickey to Renee Hall, 18607 The Commons Blvd. 12/11/17 $274,000 Teresa Genshock to Amy Coons & Olivia Carney, 19121 Celestine Ln. 12/11/17 $293,000 Luca Brusamolino & Cristina Belotti to Kalan & Hope Summer, 19106 Ruffner Dr. 12/11/17 $293,000 Miguel & Elizabeth Hall to David & Sharon Allen, 21219 Norman Shores Dr.

Davidson 11/13/17 $268,000 River Run LTD Partnership to Sudhir & Neelima Sharma, 16532 Reinsch Dr. 11/14/17 $280,000 Jennifer & William Joyce III to Patricio & Melanie Herrera, Lot 214 Summers Walk 11/14/17 $266,000 Joseph & Christine Mikrut to Iron Ventures, Lot F-1006C Davidson Bay 11/17/17 $940,000 Melanie & Robert

17524 Sail View Drive, Cornelius sold for $995,000 Taylor II to Robert & Heather Posthauer, 11/30/17 $510,000 Jerry & Emmie Hancock 15630 June Washam Rd. to Michele Hoke, 134 O’Henry Ave. 11/28/17 $298,000 John & Eleanor Young 12/5/17 $250,000 Carolyn Rubenstein to Jr. to Trustees of Davidson College, 184 Mark Rubenstein, 138 Armour St. Morrison Hill Rd.

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Home Sales

18400 Peninsula Club Drive, Cornelius sold for $1.080 million


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Huntersville 11/9/17 $324,000 Joseph & Pamela Os-

wego to Stacey Miller, 12601 Kemerton Ln. 11/13/17 $367,500 Patrick & Joyce Szewcyzk to Elizabeth Farro & Christopher Richardson, 15933 Prestwoods Ln. 11/13/17 $297,000 Larry & Toni-Anne Stoltz

to Robert Flynn III & Shannon McBride, 15324 Abbey House Ln.,f Huntersville 11/14/17 $313,0000 Arthur & Kimberly Elliott to Christopher & Michelle Davis, 7909 Bridgegate Dr.

11/14/17 $443,000 Taylor Morrison of Carolinas to Shirley Pearson, 8515 Shadetree St. 11/15/17 $265,000 Mark & Diane Kradel to Venkatesan Parkunan & Radha Karuppannan, 13035 Serenity St. 11/16/17 $350,000 Thomas & Mary Tierney to Arleigh & Karen Carpenter, 12415 Kane Alexander Dr. 11/16/17 $347,000 Epcon Huntersville to Nicholas & Concetta Cotugno, 14914 Dewpoint Pl. 11/16/17 $510,500 Taylor Morrison of Carolinas to Jameson & Jackleen Govoni, 8702 Shadetree St. 11/17/17 $340,000 Manjeet Bawa-Cavia & Almudena Pereira to Jonathan & Alyson Branch, 16230 Graftham Cir. 11/17/17 $664,000 Classica Homes to Thomas & Christy Ray, 13238 Old Store Rd. 11/17/17 $334,500 Epcon Huntersville to Raffaele & Clementina LaPietra, 7909 Parknoll Dr. 11/17/17 $283,000 Gerald & Odell Carver to Carver Family Homes, 14328 Laurel Tree Ln. 11/28/17 $354,000 Epcon Huntersville to Rosalie Fall, 14921 Dewpoint Pl. 11/28/17 $293,000 George & Linda Grippo to Deniece & Peter Wilson, 9600 Skybluff Cir. 11/29/17 $381,000 Pulte Home Co. to Lingfu Xie 15234 Liberty Ridge Ln. See HOMES, Page 20

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Home Sales

18300 Invergordon Lane, Cornelius sold for $654,000

19139 Berkeley Commons Drive, Cornelius sold for $449,000


Fernanda Flanagan, 17147 Pennington Dr. 12/5/17 $460,000 Jane Johansen & Roger Sheaffer to Catherine & Kenneth Smith II, 14223 Salem Ridge Rd. 2/5/17 $348,000 Rasheeda Williams & Charles Goodwin to Rober & Alice Moore, 14821 Skyscape Dr.

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Home Sales

15630 June Washam Road, Davidson sold for $940,000


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12/7/17 $403,500 Marilyn & Lee Hall Jr., Winifred Charles to Crystal Turpin & Kayetta Evans, 7333 Chaddsley Dr. 12/7/17 $433,000 Jerry Williamson to Billy

& Cathy Bennett, 15919 Stonemount Rd. 12/8/17 $315,000 Daniel Siadak to Enrique Paredes-Tablas & Lia Yacaman-Flores, Ana & Matthew Peterson, 17118 Bridgeton Ln. 12/8/17 $412,500 Eric & Nicole Rood to David Cable & Sara Fiedler, 16723 Spruill St.

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Eat This Up

That’s amore: Mama’s Pizza lovers take note Hey sailor

Frank Manis: Construction this spring

Amidst an astounding amount of media hubbub, Hello Sailor has opened in the old Rusty Rudder. For the time being, the restaurant will only be open for dinner, but there’s no doubt there will be plenty of hype from Charlotte media outlets, not to mention national ones. Here’s why: one of the nation’s top travel and hospitality marketing agencies promotes both Hello Sailor and its mother ship, Kindred in Davidson. Wagstaff Worldwide handles the media for Kindred in Davidson, which launched with a buzz unseen in Lake Norman if not Charlotte. Wagstaff works with

Cornelius restaurant entrepreneur Frank Manis is buying Giovanni’s Pizza on Hwy. 150 in Mooresville. The owner of Mama’s Pizza in Cornelius and Huntersville is aiming for a January grand opening up at Exit 36. Meanwhile, Manis’ new building on South Main Street, not far from Fire Station No. 1, has been delayed a few months. “I am still waiting for more information from the State DOT on their plans for widening Hwy. 115, and we’re also working on the precise location for the front entrance, as well as a possible fence around the parking lot,” said Manis. He plans to erect a good-looking, The new Mama’s Pizza 5,250-square-foot structure on the l​and behind companies and personalities in the the current restaurant, which will hospitality business including hotel eventually be demolished.​ chains, cruise lines and even counThe current building has only 1,652 tries. square feet of heated space, accordNotable clients include Promote ing to Mecklenburg County tax re- Iceland, VisitDenmark and the cords, and 2,291 square feet overall. Beverly Hills Conference & VisiThe new facility will include an tors Bureau, as well as hotels like outdoor seating area, as well as 2,000 the Mayfair in Los Angeles, which square feet for an additional tenant. hosted the after party for the 1929 Manis said he hopes to have a shov- Academy Awards. Other Wagstaff el in the ground later this spring and clients include Anchor Distilling now aims to close during the 2018 in San Francisco and Kikori, a Japaholiday season, rather than the sum- nese rice whiskey you might have mer as originally planned, to transfer read about recently. everything over to the new building. The timetable for the transfer is Hey buckaroo dependent upon school being out, as The “now hiring” sign is up at Joe Manis supplies local schools. “One Douglas’ soon-to-open Cowboy Resway or the other we’ll make it work,” taurant, located at the northeast he said. corner of Highway 21 and Bailey

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Public service from a legislator’s point of view BY JOHN BRADFORD I recently read that some members of the new Charlotte City Council wanted to explore increasing their salaries. Today, Charlotte City Council members make $19,809 in salary, plus a general expense allowance of $5,800, a $4,000 auto allowance and a $3,100 technology allowance each year. Their total pay is $32,709. While I will withhold my thoughts on this specific issue, it made me reflect on my role as a North Carolina legislator serving in the House of Representatives. Most people do not know our schedules or compensation, so I figured it would be worth sharing. While my experience is from the NC House, the schedule is similar for the NC Senate. Our compensation, though, is exactly the same. Session: The NC legislature operates on a long and short session schedule. The long session occurs during odd years (2013, 2015, 2017,

etc.). We start in mid-January and work very hard to adjourn by the end of July. The adjournment date is not certain nor dependable. My freshman year, for example, we did not adjourn until September 30th. The short session occurs in even years (2014, 2016, 2018, etc.) which happens to be the same year we have our general elections. Our seats are up for re-election every two years. During the long and short legislative sessions, we are in Raleigh four days a week; week after week until we adjourn. We leave our homes and districts Monday morning to attend early afternoon meetings. Every Monday night we have legislative session (when we cast votes) at 7 p.m. When many work days are ending, our work day is really just beginning. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we have standing committee and caucus meetings starting at 8 a.m. with legislative sessions usually starting around 2 p.m. Our voting sessions

often last into the evening which means we eat late dinners—not ideal for summer beach attire. On Thursdays, we usually have the last committee meeting at 10 a.m.—ending by noon—so we can start voting at 1 p.m. The goal is to try and finish our legislative business by 3 or 4 p.m. In theory, we should be able to drive back to our districts to see our families, perhaps joining them for a late dinner and kiss the kids goodnight before bedtime. On Fridays we are in our districts to meet constituents, run our businesses and spend time with our families. Compensation: We are paid a salary of $13,951 per year. While we are in legislative session we are paid a $104 daily stipend which is to be used for food and lodging; however, this stipend does not cover our daily expenses. The official rate for a hotel is $85 before taxes (assuming you can even find a hotel offering the State rate) and hotel parking can cost up to $12 a day. This only leaves a few bucks to buy breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mileage: Our mileage rate is still set at the federal rate from 1993 and has not changed. We are paid 29 cents per mile and we receive one round trip per week. By comparison the 2017 federal rate is 53.5 cents per mile. Public servants run for office because of their passion to serve. The candidate and their respective fam-

ily knows what they are collectively signing up for prior to being elected. Holding office is elective and no one holds us hostage in our roles. On a personal level, I have an incredibly supportive family and the best and brightest employees to run my business while I am in session. I love serving the good folks in District 98 and I do not do it for money or credit. It’s truly an honor and privilege to serve and that’s the only payment I need. John Bradford represents District 98 in the North Carolina House of Representatives. He was elected in 2014 having served on the Cornelius Town Board starting in 2011. He is John Bradford the CEO and founder of Park Avenue Properties and lives on Nantz Road with his wife Shea and four children. Before Park Avenue Properties he was a sales manager and sales executive with IBM as well as an environmental engineer with ExxonMobil. He earned an engineering degree from Clemson University (1996) and an Executive MBA from the University of Memphis (2000).

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Inclusion Community Kadi Fit, Worship 11am Love Lake Norman Church 19725 Oak St., Worship 10:30am Mt. Zion United Methodist Church 19600 Zion St., Worship 8:30am, 9:45am, 11am NorthCross Church 11020 Bailey Rd., Ste H, Worship 10:15am Point of Grace Lutheran Church 20700 N. Main St., Worship 8:30am, 11am Torrence Chapel AME Zion Church 21517 Torrence Chapel Rd Worship 10am Bible study each Wed, noon and 7pm Union Bethel AME Zion Church 20738 Catawba Ave., Worship 11am

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Modern Dad

Gas station food for thought, humble apple pie, iKids I like certain restaurants for a va- the gravy fries are delicious. They riety reasons. Some reasons are nor- have Canadian beer specials because mal, like the quality of the food. Oth- the owner is from upstate New York? er reasons are utterly superficial and Who knows. I love Molson. I take an make little sense to anyone but me. extra Crestor when I go there. For example, the ownAlton’s er of Pho Nam always This is so much like gives me a free orange Modern Dad robbery that I’ve only soda when I visit bedone it once with the cause I’m a child and I Blonde Bomber and I love orange soda. tipped 75 percent out Am I a “foodie?” No. of guilt. If you go bePeople who refer to fore 6 pm you get halfthemselves as “foodpriced appetizers and ies” are the kind of kids eat free. If you go people who recomon Tuesday you get $4 mend restaurants that drafts. So for $16 plus already have 4-1/2 star tax you can get a kid’s Yelp reviews. Dear meal, a beer and two Yelper, your advanced orders of tuna poke – palette didn’t lead you which is probably my Jon Show to Kindred. You went favorite tuna dish at there because somethe lake. I’d rank eeZ’s one else said it was tuna nachos up there but eeZ always good. People often ask me for restaurant has an hour wait, ten open tables and recommendations. Sorry, that’s a lie. hordes of iKids, so I don’t go there I have two young kids and can’t find very often. a regular babysitter so my Lake Norman dining experiences are still in Fork There’s nothing contrived or mathe development phase. Much like nipulated about it. Not the menu. Not how our town planning board views the décor. The bartenders don’t wear every piece of vacant land. beards or suspenders or stir drinks If someone did ask for my opinwith long-handled spoons. It’s great, ions on restaurants, first I’d tell them local food in a great, local restaurant never eat at Birkdale on a date night. There’s no reason to wait in line for that’s great because it’s great. Not an hour to be seated next to two kids because they hired a national restauwith their faces buried in iPads com- rant PR firm to tell you that it’s great. plaining about the weak WiFi signal. I’ll tell anyone who will listen that it’s the best restaurant in our area. It’s I call them iKids. I’d also tell them to eat at the fol- worth noting that they have the same lowing places. Good food? Yes. But Yelp rating as Duckworth’s, so, nice going “foodies.” there’s more.

Al’s Bar & Grille

I’m 42 with a family history of heart and artery issues so I essentially stopped eating fried food in my late 20s and red meat in my late 30s. I miss the days when you had to know where to go to get a good burger – as opposed to just going to a burger restaurant and choosing one of the 38 concoctions, none of which ever taste as good as a good cheeseburger from a bar. Al’s has great burgers. The Inferno burger is my favorite and

Pho Nam

If you write this Vietnamese place off as a run-of-the-mill strip mall restaurant then the joke is on you. It’s Future Man’s favorite place in town – we eat there anytime he and I go to lunch and on most Sunday nights. If you’ve never had Vietnamese here’s some suggestions: Pho Tai is beef noodle soup; Chicken Bun is a room temperature noodle-chicken-sprout dish; Lemongrass and hot pepper chicken is, well, I have no idea how to describe it other than happiness.

Pho Nam is big with Davidson College students, which is so Davidson. Most college kids go to Panda Express.


Judge me, I don’t care. Fast food is yummy. If it wasn’t yummy then Type II diabetes wouldn’t be our generation’s plague. My parents retired in Cornelius in 1999 when I moved to Charlotte. I drove up every Sunday to play golf at Birkdale with my dad, and I’d swing by Bojangles’ for a sweet-tea-and-seasoned-fries hangover cure. I can’t eat at Bojangles’ anymore (again, genetics) but I go every year on my birthday and eat a Cajun filet biscuit. There’s always an emaciated hillbilly at one of the front tables eating a Bo-berry biscuit with a tiny fork.

“There’s no reason to wait in line for an hour to be seated next to two kids with their faces buried in iPads complaining about the weak WiFi signal. I call them iKids.” Carburritos

People ask me why I don’t go to Charlotte to eat dinner and my response is always the same – I don’t live in Charlotte, why would I drive down there to eat? I feel the same about Davidson, with the exception of Carburritos. I’d trade Future Man for their tacos and house margarita and I’d offer up the Blonde Bomber for the chipotle salsa. This place has versatility - you can sit in the bar for date night or eat in the main room with the kids. Do everyone a favor and don’t sit in the bar area with your kids – no one eating without kids wants to eat dinner next to your kids.

Circle K

I’m not a dessert guy. I like sweets but if I keep them in the house I’m like a bulimic without the purging. I eat my kids’ Halloween candy well into December. I think Harris Teeter has amazing apple pie. I prefer Dunkin’ Donuts over Duck Donuts. I share this information so you have some frame of reference on what I’m about to tell you. The new Circle K at 115 and Bailey Road has an amazing selection of slushies and self-serve ice cream. They also have worldclass hot dogs and other unidentifiable cylindrical meat, if you want to make it a full meal. Gas station food is delicious. ••• So those are my recommendations. Is it a comprehensive list of dining options in the Lake Norman area? No, it’s just a start. Should they be ignored because I listed a fast food chain and a gas station? That’s up to you to decide. I should note that Hello Sailor isn’t in here because it just opened and I don’t like waiting in line. But here’s a one star gem of a review from “foodie” RicharD K. posted on Yelp the week after it opened: “The food is overpriced. … We ordered 1 tea, hushpuppies, 1 platter, poke and pickles, and ended up paying about $60.” Wait, did he split an iced tea? I wouldn’t trust his opinions, either. Modern Dad is Jon Show’s take on life in Cornelius. This 40-something dad lives in Robbins Park with his wife and their two kids: Future Man, their 9-year-old son, and The Blonde Bomber, their 5-year-old daughter.

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New Corporations



These corporations have registered wit the N.C. Secretary of State


11/13/17 Define Fitness LLC, Susan Conley, 19603 Galleon View, Cornelius 11/13/17 Little Big Town LLC, Joe Shipbaugh, 18605 Northline Dr., Unit I-4, Cornelius 11/13/17 Redmond CPA PLLC, Darla K. Redmond, 10715 Trolley Run Dr., Cornelius 11/14/17 ABnb LLC, Brandon Helms, 19728 Bustle Rd., Cornelius 11/14/17 Carolina Property Funding LLC, Diana M. Borg, 19210 Chandler Landing Dr., Cornelius 11/14/17 Integrative Business Solutions LLC, William Dean, 16242 Sasanoa Dr., Cornelius 11/14/17 RG Solar LLC, Tomica Ovcaric, 20304 Cathedral Oaks Dr., Cornelius 11/15/17 BLCB enterprises LLC, Heather Watkins, 19018 Serenity Point Ln., Cornelius 11/15/17 FredPlasma LLC, Robert Thikoll, 18705 Skysail Ct., Cornelius 11/15/17 Lake Massage & Wellness Inc., Sanja Strejcek, 17015 Kenton Dr., Ste. 203, Cornelius 11/16/17 Speedway Autosports LLC, Jef-

frey W. Hamm, 10228 Bailey Rd., Unit 230, Cornelius 11/16/17 Sunninghilljill Kids, Jill Dahan, 16618 Flying Jib Rd., Cornelius 11/17/17 HFC2 LLC, Brian Coffey, 18449 Old Statesville Rd., Cornelius 11/17/17 J and A Restoration LLC, Jose G. Alvarado, 9704 Psalms St., Cornelius 11/17/17 USA Logistics and Towing LLC, John F. Hanzel, 19425-G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 11/20/17 Jobb Connect LLC, John F. Hanzel, 194250G Liverpool Pkwy., Cornelius 11/20/17 Kashington Group LLC, Vivek Mahtani, 10618 Quarrier Dr., Cornelius 11/21/17 Kyle Larson Open Wheel LLC, William D. Anthony, 19510 Jetton Rd., Ste. 300, Cornelius 11/21/17 Watermark Lake Norman Condominium Association Inc., Jamie Rolewicz, 11106 Treynorth Dr., Cornelius 11/27/17 Bear Ridge Road POA, Joe Shipbaugh, 18605 Northline Dr., Unit 1-4, Cornelius 11/27/17 Sharla Brook Poling Massage Therapy Inc., Sharla Poling, 18719 Coachmans Tra., Cornelius 11/28/17 Elocin Consulting LLC, Nicole Sherrell, 21339 Aftonshire Dr., Cornelius 11/29/17 BT Capital Reserve LLC, The Offices of James Surane LLC, 18825 W. Catawba Ave., #150, Cornelius

11/29/17 Southeast Equipment Tech Services LLC, Brent Horton, 21937 Torrence Chapel Rd., Cornelius 11/30/17 One N Holdings Inc., Jack W. Beckman Jr., 17807 Carlow Rd., Cornelius 12/1/17 Clearwater Investigation LLC, Lizette M. Totillo, 19709 Schooner Dr., Cornelius 12/1/17 SME Holdings and Investments LLC, Shannon Malloy Evans, 10120 Squires Way, Cornelius 12/4/17 Max Holdings LLC, Marc S. Levack, 19009 Peninsula Point Dr., Cornelius 12/6/17 BlueWright Industries LLC, Adam Breeding, 9606 Bailey Rd., Ste. 260, Cornelius 12/6/17 Curtis Barnes LLC, Curtis Barnes, 1262 Inn Keepers Way, Cornelius 12/6/17 Prestige Corporate Development – Villages LC, Brian Mahoney, 2100 Torrence Chapel Rd., Ste. 100, Cornelius 12/7/17 Inquire Business Brokers LLC, United States Corporation Agents, 17130 Kenton Dr., Apt. 200, Cornelius 12/7/17 Rogers FA LLC, Pamela Rogers, 18320 Peninsula Club Dr., Cornelius


11/13/17 Carolinas Center for Evaluation and Treatment PLLC, Drew A. Richards Esq., 215 S. Main St., Ste. 301, Davidson

11/13/17 Live Well USA LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson 11/16/17 B. LUCAS LLC, Brad Lucas, 13012 Westmoreland Farm Rd., Davidson 11/16/17 Tobias Media Group LLC, John Tobias, 657 Portside Dr., Davidson 11/20/17 Blankenship’s Custom Gates LLC, Mike Blankenship, 8600 Archer Rd., Davidson 11/22/17 Black Pickles Adventures LLC, Johan Middlethon, 733 Hudson Pl., Davidson 11/22/17 Carolina/Atlantic Marine Services LLC, Jesse C. Jones, 209 Delburg St., Ste. 203, Davidson 11/22/17 indigo bean LLC, Jana S. Ragnone, 351 Delburg St., Davidson 11/27/17 Davidson Property Partners LLC, Jesse Hubbell Riley, 154 Morrison Hill Rd., Davidson 11/29/17 FAPI-D LLC, Ritesh Kirad, 13518 Robert Walker Dr., Davidson 11/29/17 Jennifer Arens LLC, Jennifer Arens, 18717 Maplecroft Lake Ln., Davidson 11/30/17 Chen Bos — Lumberton LLC, Ron L. Turner Jr., 568 Jetton St., Ste. 200, Davidson

New Corporations online at

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Online headline Dec. 6, 2017

‘Traffic issues raised over proposed child care center on Westmoreland’ Brent: I am praying that our newly elected officials would see that the idea of a daycare facility on Westmoreland would clearly impact ALL traffic on Catawba and Westmoreland. Especially considering the planned entrance to require a U-Turn at Legacy will only add to the congestion issues. Mr Herron, the planning director, states He “hopes” parents plan their trips better so as to not require U-turns. To me, it’s unrealistic and wishful thinking on his part. I would wonder if Mr Herron ever entered Catawba from Sam Furr Road between 4 pm and 5:45 pm as he must know traffic is totally backed up during those times. It seems many people working on zoning, road access, and planning are not familiar with the areas they are supposed to represent and serve for if they were familiar we wouldn’t be in the state we find ourselves in throughout the county. Pete: That’s it. Let’s break the only road in town that actually works. Barb: Exactly! F Mada: I live at Admiral’s Quarters. Westmoreland works but all three of its intersections are garbage. Julia: I can’t wait to move from this town.

Artist rendering of proposed child care center

Diverging Diamond and down Rt 21 to avoid a U-turn on Westmoreland, they’re delusional. People will either do the U-turn (which will be damned near impossible and cause accidents) or they’ll back up south Catawba trying to turn left to cut through Westmoreland Lakes Dr. Can’t we please keep just a bit of green space in our town? Patrice: The developer said they plan to give parents a note when they sign their children up for school that they will only be able to make right turns. Well that’s a joke parents will make a left out if they need to. In addition if they develop this plan for right turns only - then the Westmoreland Community off of Catawba will get all the cut-through traffic. So there are some 150 homes in this community that will be effected by morning and evening traffic passing.

Barb: Right there with you! We moved here because it was small and not overrun commercially. After a few years being here we realize it was a mistake.

Laurie: This just continues to get better and better.

Michael: Hoping is not a plan genius.

Patrice: Additionally, the Town uses a new math system for parking. The developer is only required to put in limited parking spots. 1 parking spot for every 2 employees. They say they will have 28 employees and only 38 parking spots. Where will all these parents park during special school events? Will they circle the parking lot and say my kid sings at 6:45 can I have your parking space. This is part of the reason we have so much congestion. Developers are not required

Barb: Where’s all the concern for traffic issues with all the other projects going on in this town, as well as proposed projects?? There is far too much building without any regard for traffic impact. Doug: If anyone thinks that people from the Peninsula (for example) would drive all the way across the

Angelo: If they’re afraid of left turns put in a roundabout

to put in enough parking for their businesses. This school at full capacity will have 178 students. The lack of parking is a problem and red flag for this project. Lastly, Mr. Herron states this piece of land is zoned “To be determined”, which means we should have some leeway in what we require for this project. Personally I feel this is the wrong location for this school. They should have put the park and ride here and this school on Sefton Park Road. Will this town ever get anything right? Why do citizens have to constantly police every project? Fred: That’s the same spot as where the Northcross Extension will meet Westmoreland. Patrice: That is correct. I plan to put a note out to the Westmoreland Community advising them of the schools plan to use their development as a cut through. Please come out for the Jan 2 meeting and protest all that is wrong with this project!! Tamera: Anything more with Jetton Road and parking on road? (the road with the CATs park & ride area). I use that road every night

and the other night there were parents loading kids (from daycare) on street with car doors wide open... it is very dark there and way too much traffic... someone is going to get hit there with those car doors open ... the street is way too small for parking on both sides ... very unsafe!! Cornelius Today: Tamera it’s very challenging right there, and especially tough if you’re on a bike between there and One Norman Blvd. Patrice: Tamera tell me about it, we live at the Courtyards at Jetton and we have the same problem pulling out of our development. I will not give up on pursuing a resolve for this road way. Sooner rather then later!! Jeff: Two words ... BUILDING MORATORIUM. Angelo: Illegal in North Carolina.

Planning director Wayne Herron

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Your comments and opinions since 2006

Online headline Dec. 15

Online headline Dec. 11

Newsmakers Breakfast with the ‘Lula Bell Houston passes away at 94’ new mayor of Davidson, Rusty Knox From Denise: Poised, honest, and prepared with facts and figures on all topics. You killed it, Rusty Knox! From Stephanie: Love those socks!!!!


Online headline Dec. 12

‘Is gentrification always good?’ From Pete C: A total stinking pile of liberal bs. From Pete V: Yup. From Cornelius Today: Either one of you is welcome to write an oped piece for Cornelius Today, or you can collaborate and write it under a joint byline. 350 words max. Deadline would be Monday morning.

(No response) From Pete V: Unemployment at a record low. How about the town stop attracting businesses that pay ----poor wages (retail, fast food) and start attracting businesses that pay decent wages (light manufacturing) to help people support themselves and live better?

Online headline Dec. 4

‘Changing of the guard at Town Board’ Kathy: Kurt Naas is not only the expert here, but has earned this position. Thanks to our new mayor, Woody Washam, sensibility has returned to the town.

Annette: Thank you gentleman. For telling it like it is. Finally, Naas can be recognized for his amazing leadership and research. And the citizens will be truly represented for a more sane solution on I 77 and all our roads.

Online headline Dec. 19

‘Discussing development …before the horse is out of the barn From Jeff: WOW!!! Someone actually learned something from the I-77 tollroad debacle. People, who can sit in a room, and discuss issues BEFORE unleashing projects that the towns people might have objections against. WOW!!! When will the miracles cease?

Brenda: May we all learn to treat others as Mama Lu did all her life. A major world Light now SHINES with God. RIP Aunt Lula. With much Love.

Kerry: Cousin Lula Bell was always so loving and Special to me… she had such a caring and big heart. May her legacy live on …


h t i w s t r a st Find out what Kiwanis does at our weekly lunch meeting (no obligation to join!) Thursdays 12-1pm Brooklyn South Pizzeria 19400 Jetton Rd, Cornelius Questions? Email Neil Serdinsky at

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Peninsula boat parade

Rob Bennett, the owner of My Aloha Paddle and Surf, ​navigates one of his new Charlotte Cycleboats into a berth at the Peninsula Yacht Club after an unusually chilly parade that saw Santa arrive at the club on the Cornelius-Lemley Volunteer Fire Department fireboat.

Santa magic

Newsmakers Breakfast

Newly installed Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox was the featured speaker at a Newsmakers Breakfast at The Peninsula Club Dec. 14. He addressed issues like regionalism, development and I-77. Regarding regionalism, he said the three towns of North Mecklenburg, as well as Mooresville, stand a better chance of being heard on transportation issues if they work together. Former Mayor John Woods, who Knox soundly defeated, lobbied in favor of the I-77 toll plan in Raleigh.

Cornelius mayor on keyboard The Make-A-Wish holiday breakfast fundraiser at The Peninsula Club brought out hundreds of people to help grant wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions. Santa himself presented this family with a vacation in Disney World. Mick Slattery, who lives in The Peninsula, is a member of the board of directors at MakeA-Wish. More info:

$7,000 for Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids Woody Washam plays the piano and organ at the Mt. Zion United Mehtodist Church Cantata. Rev. Joel Simpson turns the pages of the sheet music. Washam, who became mayor of Cornelius in December, has been the church organist at Mt. Zion for more than 50 years.

Christmas angels

Ace (left) accepts a donation to Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids from Birkdale Village Assistant General Manager Scott Anderson. Birkdale Village’s annual Santa Arrival Parade and Tree Lighting serves as a fundraiser each year for Grin Kids and their annual trip to Walt Disney World for terminally ill and chronically disabled children and their families.

If your service club has an upcoming project, we’re glad to post an announcement online or in print. If you have a special, highresolution photo of a non-profit project to share, send it our way and we will try to include it. Email:

Chris and Shelia Brumlow staff the Angels of 97 booth at Christmas in Davidson. The organization was started after several members of the North Meck High graduating class of 1997 passed away because of car accidents and illness. The annual spaghetti dinner is Saturday, March 17. Shelia is an at-large member of the Angels board of directors.


Thank you for all your support in 2017. You helped provide a full day of fun on Lake Norman for at-risk kids in Big Brothers Big Sisters; helped recruit Big Brothers and Big Sisters; and raised money for a top-rated non-profit

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