Learn about U.S. 74 construction plans
The N.C. Department of Transportation will host a citizen’s workshop Tuesday, May 21 to discuss upcoming improvements for U.S. 74/Independence Boulevard between Albemarle Road and Wallace Lane.
The drop-in event will run from 4 to 7 p.m. at Independence Regional Library, 6000 Conference Drive. Department representatives will offer information on the final design of the project, construction phasing and pedestrian access during construction. There will not be a formal presentation, but state officials will be available to answer questions and receive comments at the
The $51.2 million project to convert 1.6 miles of Independence Boulevard to a median-divided, eight-lane roadway started last month. Interchanges will be constructed at Sharon Amity Road, Idlewild Road and Conference Drive, according to a news release. The project also includes extension of the existing Charlotte Area Transit System, or CATS, bus lanes and accommodations for future transit service.
The project is scheduled to be completed in October 2016.
Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to participate in this workshop, should contact Jen Thompson in advance by calling 704-596-6900 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, can receive interpretive services by calling 1-800-481-6494 prior to the meeting.
Project details are also online at www.ncdot.gov/projects/US74WideningImprovements/.
Matthews mulls theater company request
Matthews-based theater company Manifested Purpose Affecting Communities through Theater, or MPACTT, recently requested to rent the town-owned Fullwood Theater for a ticketed performance, and the Matthews Board of Commissioners is considering the company’s request.
Corey King, of the town’s Parks and Recreation Department, told commissioners at their Monday, May 13, meeting parks and recreation staff recommend the town consider allowing the company to use the theater.
King said representatives from MPACTT said their performance content would equate to a “PG-13 rating” because the play would focus on issues like domestic violence. He said the company assured staff there would be no profanity or nudity in the play.
But commissioners have some reservations about allowing the group to perform at the theater.
Mayor Jim Taylor said he couldn’t find enough information on the group to feel comfortable allowing them to perform, while Mayor Pro Tem Paul Bailey was concerned because MPACTT isn’t a nonprofit organization. Bailey said he was worried citizens may come see the performance assuming ticket sales would support an organization that helps victims of domestic violence.
Taylor requested staff to invite representatives from MPACTT to attend an upcoming board of commissioners meeting and give a presentation on their organization so commissioners can better understand the group’s purpose.
Rotary raises $6K for nonprofits
The Matthews Rotary Club raised more than $6,000 for local nonprofits Friday, May 10 during its fourth annual spaghetti dinner and raffle. The total raised is nearly double what the event collected last year, according to a news
More than 200 people attended the event held at the Levine Senior Center, which included live entertainment and raffles for prizes including a 60-inch flat screen TV. Proceeds will be shared by the club, Christ Our Shepherd Ministries, Levine Senior Center, Matthews Free Medical Clinic, Matthews HELP Center.
The Matthews Rotary Club hosts a lunch meeting on Mondays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Levine Senior Center, 1050 DeVore Lane, in Matthews.
For information, visit www.matthewsrotary.org.