Family Dollar coming to Mint Hill
Matthews-based Family Dollar plans to start construction on a Mint Hill retail store in April.
The 8,320-square-foot retail store at 9208 Lawyers Road will be on 1.05 acres, adjacent to Walgreens and the back entrance to Lebanon Road Elementary School near the intersection of Lawyers and Lebanon roads. Mint Hill commissioners approved a rezoning for the project Thursday, Feb. 14.
The store, which will hire eight to 10 employees, should open by this summer, company spokeswoman Bryn Winburn said.
Job applications are available online at www.familydollar.com.
Matthews commissioners to meet in Ocean Isle
The Matthews Board of Commissioners will rent a house in Ocean Isle Beach March 1 to 3 for their annual planning retreat.
This is the third consecutive year the board has traveled to Ocean Isle for its retreat and will be staying at 50 E. 1st St. The meetings are open to the public, but public accommodations will not be provided.
The town spent $3,679.71 on the Ocean Isle retreat last year. By comparison, Mint Hill hosted a one-day board retreat at its town hall, costing taxpayers $115, which covered lunch from Mint Hill’s The Hill Bar & Grill, snacks and beverages.
Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor said board members feel retreats outside of the town limits have proven to be “more productive.”
“Everybody has … said they’re much more focused going out of town,” he said. “The past two retreats have been very productive. We’ve been able to have great dialogue when we’re away from all distractions.”
CATS proposes route changes
The Charlotte Area Transit System will host a public meeting Monday, Feb. 25, at the Matthews Library, 230 Matthews Station St., to solicit input regarding proposed changes to several routes affecting Matthews and Mint Hill.
The drop-in meeting runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and residents can learn about proposed changes to bus routes 17, 51X, 64X, 65X and 74X. These changes are designed to minimize impacts during construction along Independence Boulevard.
CATS also is proposing to discontinue the Matthews-Mint Hill shuttle, or Route 94, due to low ridership and add a new route along N.C. Highway 51.
A public meeting also will be held Tuesday, March 5, at the Independence Regional Library, 6000 Conference Drive, in Charlotte, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
If approved, routes will be adjusted in June.
For more information about CATS
transit routes, visit http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/cats/Pages/default.aspx.
Matthews launches online survey
Through March 4, Matthews residents can take the town’s biannual online citizens survey for a chance to win town merchandise, Matthews Playhouse tickets and gift certificates to local restaurants.
The survey is being conducted by an independent research firm, led by Paul Friday, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The survey asks residents about town services including police, fire and EMS protection, garbage and recycling, street projects, parks, recreation and cultural resource programming, planning and engineering, regulation of business, street and public facility maintenance and more. Results of the survey will be used by Matthews commissioners as they prioritize the budget and make long-term town plans.
Survey responses will remain anonymous.
The survey is available online at www.matthewsnc.gov.