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Matthews-Mint Hill - Carolina Weekly Newspapers

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Community Plan calls for new Mint Hill library by 2017 by Kara Lopp kara@matthewsminthillweekly.com Mint Hill could have a new library by 2017. The recommendation is included in a facilities master plan that the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County presented to county commissioners late last week. The proposed plan, which is divided into three phases from 2012 to 2032, calls for renovating, expanding or replacing all 24 existing libraries and proposes adding eight new locations to meet population growth. The new libraries should be bigger, ranging from 16,000 to 20,000 square feet, according to the plan. It also calls for the Matthews branch library, 232 Matthews Station St., to be renovated between 2025 and 2032. The plan was started last year, after county commissioners put a five-year, $100.2 million budget request on hold and instead gave the library system $350,000 to pay for a master plan that Mint Hill Library prioritizes projects. After the master plan is approved, by 2011, the library can return to county officials to ask for money. The current Mint Hill branch, built in 1999 at 6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, was set to receive a $3.1 million interior renovation before plans were stalled. Though specifics aren’t known, library officials are continuing discussions with Charlotte-based American Asset Corporation about the company’s plans to develop about 50 acres behind the 12,000-square-foot Mint Hill branch, library spokeswoman Cordelia Anderson said. Suggestions from the Arizona-based consulting firm preparing the master plan, Providence Associates, call for Mint Hill to become a regional library, which would increase its size up to 40,000 square feet. The consulting firm also has identified land off Lawyers Road where a new Mint Hill branch could be built. Representatives from American Asset didn’t return phone calls by press time. (more on page 12) Stepping out to fight diabetes Some 1,100 walkers turned out last month in Charlotte’s Freedom Park to raise more than $200,000 to fight diabetes through the 2009 Step Out to Fight Diabetes Walk. Walkers from all over Mecklenburg, Union and Gaston counties gathered to raise money and awareness for the silent disease afflicting 165,000 children and adults in the greater Charlotte area. The American Diabetes Association walk featured a Wellness Fair, music, food and dozens of corporate, organization and personal teams, including Team ADA. (Above) The team, captained by Bunker Hill of Matthews (front, squatting), the walk’s logistics committee chairman. (Right) WCNC-TV’s Larry Sprinkle, weather anchor, with ADA Step Out organizer Lauren Scharf. Your child’s success depends on you. Photos courtesy of The ADA Specialists in Pediatric Physical Therapy For more information, please visit our website at www.childworkstherapy.com (704) 575-2670 Mini-Mac Storage Center “The Best for Less” YOU LOCK IT, YOU KEEP THE KEY Rent by the Month Ideal for Homeowners, Apartment Dwellers, & Large or Small Companies 704-545-6313 - Located in Mint Hill On Highway 218 (BESIDE THE MINT HILL FIRE STATION) Page 10 • Nov. 20-26, 2009 • Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly www.matthewsminthillweekly.com

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