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Manager’s Report: March 14, 2017
All supporting documents for the March 14 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:
We live stream our board meetings and work sessions 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.
A summary of the March 14 work session (4:00 p.m.):
A summary of the March 14 regular meeting (6:00 p.m.):
In 2015 and 2016, the Town of Davidson was approached by a church and a developer to purchase some of 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. The finalist is Davidson Development Partners, led by James Harvie and Rick Mildner, with their “Luminous” proposal for the property. For more information, please visit: www.townofdavidson.org/BeatyStRFP
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a public meeting Tuesday, April 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Gethsemane Baptist Church located at 565 Jetton Street. They will send out email notifications, make phone calls and distribute door-to-door fact sheets to the residents who live adjacent to the Metrolina warehouse property. All are invited to attend.
The Metrolina Warehouse parcel at 301 Depot Street is a site known to contain asbestos in the ground. This fall, some asbestos containing material was released from the site. In an effort to remediate in January, the property owner worked with the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on the interim process to secure the Metrolina site until a more permanent engineered process is determined.
This prompted the EPA to examine the properties surrounding the Metrolina warehouse site for presence of asbestos. They sampled soil and found asbestos-containing material on several adjacent properties. At their meeting on April 4, the EPA will share their plans to make each property safe by eliminating asbestos exposure routes. Also, the EPA plans to start lawn maintenance on the contaminated properties late next week. Davidson citizens might see workers wearing personal protective equipment (“hazmat” suits) until the sampling results from the grass clippings show that none of the asbestos on the property provides any risk of being airborne. Properties will be wet prior to cutting and clippings will be stored at an approved location prior to disposal.
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. More information on this project is available at www.townofdavidson.org/PublicFacilities.