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Jamie
Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager's Report: February 27, 2017

I created and released a quarterly video update last week. Please watch it here: https://vimeo.com/205476723

All supporting documents for the February 27 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here: http://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/

If you are interested in watching a video of the meeting, please view it here:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/davidson-town-board-meetings.

We live stream our board meetings and encourage you to tune in to this link on meeting days if you are unable to attend in person. After each meeting, a video is saved to this link so you can watch when convenient to keep abreast of projects and issues.



Rural Area Plan cover
A summary of the February 27 work session (4:00 p.m.):

  • Planning Director Jason Burdette and Senior Planner and Rural Area Plan project manager Trey Akers discussed the implementation of the Rural Area Plan (adopted in September 2016). The Davidson Board of Commissioners will consider the rezonings and text changes to the Davidson Planning Ordinance recommended in the Rural Area Plan at their meeting on March 28 at 6:00 p.m. If citizens would like to comment on the proposed rezonings and text changes to the Davidson Planning Ordinance, they can do so during public comment periods at the March 14 and 28 meetings at 6:00 p.m. For more information on the Rural Area Plan, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/RuralAreaPlan.
Town Hall
Davidson Town Hall
  • Public Information Officer Cristina Shaul led a tour of town hall to illustrate our space needs as part of our public facilities study. As Davidson’s population has grown from 4,000 in 1990 to almost 13,000 today, we have outgrown our existing town hall. Ensuring adequate space for our police and fire departments is particularly critical. We need to invest in our public facilities in order to keep pace with our service needs. Citizens are invited to participate in two public workshops to provide input on Thursday, March 9 and Thursday, April 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House at 218 Concord Road. The architects from Creech & Associates will give a presentation and then ask citizens to provide feedback on architectural character, town hall site planning options on the 3.5 acres of town-owned land, downtown parking, Davidson Farmer’s Market, community space needs, what makes Davidson great, visual preferences and site/building options.  For more information, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/PublicFacilities.

A summary of the February 27 meeting (6:00 p.m.):

Commissioner Reports:

  • Commissioner Brian Jenest gave an update on the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, a federally designated program to provide long-term transportation solutions for our region as we grow.

  • Mayor John Woods gave an update on the Metropolitan Transit Commission and the Centralina Council of Government and the work they are doing to make improvements in regional transportation.


Cindy Reid
Town Attorney Cindy Reid
  • Community Development Block Grants 

The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved the allocation of two Community Development Block Grants as presented by Town Attorney Cindy Reid. This is federal funding that goes to Mecklenburg County and the towns within the county to benefit low income people. The Ada Jenkins Center will receive a total of $185,000 for a new HVAC system and the Davidson-Cornelius Child Development will receive $108,000 in scholarships so children from low-income families can attend the center.

Dawn Blobaum
Asst. Town Manager Dawn Blobaum
  • Beaty Street RFP

Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum gave a presentation on the town-owned land on Beaty Street and the request for proposals (RFP) issued to sell it to a developer. In 2015 and 2016, the Town of Davidson was approached by a church and a developer to purchase the approximately 19 acres of land along Beaty Street. The town acquired the largest parcel in 1987, two adjoining parcels in 1995 and 1998, and two parcels at the northeast corner of the property in 2006 and 2009, with the hopes of developing them into a mixed-use neighborhood with park space in the future.

As a result of this interest, the Davidson Board of Commissioners asked staff to undertake a competitive, open process to see if there was any other interest in developing this land. A formal request for proposals (RFP) for the purchase and development of land was issued in August 2016. The town requested proposals from experienced developers to design and build a mixed-use neighborhood on the Beaty Street property. We received nine letters of interest in September and six proposals in January. A committee reviewed the proposals, determined whom to interview, and, based on the interviews, recommended a finalist. That finalist, Davidson Development Partners, led by James Harvie and Rick Mildner, presented their “Luminous” proposal for the property.

For more details, including the RFP, the presentations, and a document containing Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our website at: www.townofdavidson.org/BeatyStreetRFP.

Please share your thoughts on this proposal:
1)         Send us an email at BeatyStRFP@townofdavidson.org and
2)         Come to the March 14 meeting at 6:00 p.m. where we’ll have a formal public comment period specific to this proposal

Announcements

  • Citizen Survey
We have mailed 1,500 surveys to Davidson residents all across our jurisdiction. If you received it, please complete it in a timely fashion – we want to hear from you to help our board of commissioners guide their decisions for the future of Davidson.
  • Public Facilities Workshops
Citizens are invited to participate in two public workshops on Thursday, March 9 and Thursday, April 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House at 218 Concord Road to provide feedback on architectural character, town hall site planning options on the 3.5 acres of town-owned land, downtown parking, Davidson Farmer’s Market, community space needs, what makes Davidson great, visual preferences and site/building options.  For more information, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/PublicFacilities.
  • The Town of Cornelius is hosting a shredding event on March 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Cornelius Town Hall Parking Lot.

  • A film production company will be filming a movie on Davidson College’s campus this month and will need to close some streets for the project:

On Saturday, March 4 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Concord Road from Main Street to College Drive will be closed, and from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., Lorimer Road from S. Thompson to Pine Road will be closed. Traffic detours will be set up so people will be able to access their homes, businesses and places of worship.

 

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