Davidson

DAVID BORAKS / WFAE

A new classroom wing that will convert Davidson Elementary School into Davidson K-8 School will be ready to take sixth-graders Aug. 26, officials say.

Continuum cable truck
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Updated 1:45 p.m.
The towns of Mooresville and Davidson have found a buyer for Continuum, their jointly owned cable and internet system in the Lake Norman area.

Gwen Sherrill and her great-grandson, Cali Williams, 3, pose on the porch of her home on Potts Street in Davidson. She recently got $18,000 worth of repairs with help from the town and Our Towns Habitat for Humanity.
David Boraks / WFAE

Affordable housing efforts across the Charlotte region often focus on building new homes. But the city of Charlotte and surrounding towns increasingly are working to preserve existing housing so it's not lost to gentrification. Habitat for Humanity chapters are partners, through Critical Home Repair programs, that are shifting the organization's focus away from home building and toward repairs.

Monday, April 22, 2019

A WFAE Public Conversation about the explosive growth of the Lake Norman area.  We hear from leaders from Huntersville, Davidson and Cornelius who are in the trenches trying to get a handle on ever-present construction, congestion, never-ending development and planning for a future in which these three towns struggle to maintain their individual identities while strengthening the region.

Daniel Coston

Population has boomed in the Lake Norman area towns of Davidson, Huntersville and Cornelius. In 1990, the three towns had a total population of about 10,000. Nearly 30 years later, the number of residents has grown tenfold – to more than 100,000.

Continuum cable truck
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Updated 10:19 a.m.

The towns of Mooresville and Davidson say they’re planning to sell their money-losing cable TV and internet system, called Continuum. The two towns say they’ve hired investment bank RBC Capital Markets to seek a buyer.

Davidson Housing Coalition built The Bungalows on Davidson's West Side to provide affordable housing.
David Boraks / WFAE

As north Mecklenburg County and the Lake Norman area have grown over the past few decades, newcomers have brought higher incomes — and skyrocketing housing prices. That's a challenge for those who don't fit the area's new demographics — especially longtime residents in older African-American neighborhoods in Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson. A new study has some leaders acknowledging they need to do more to create housing for lower-income residents.

Houses on South Hill Street in the Smithville neighborhood of Cornelius.
David Boraks / WFAE

A new study of north Mecklenburg County shows a need for more housing aimed at people making less than $40,000 a year. UNC Charlotte's Urban Institute looked at population growth, employment patterns and housing in the towns of Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville.

Patrick-Braxton-Andrew (second from left) with his family, from left, Gary Andrew, Jean Braxton and brother Kerry Braxton-Andrew.
Kerry Braxton-Andrew

The family of a North Carolina Spanish teacher missing in Mexico for 10 days is offering new details about his disappearance two weeks ago and appealing for more help.

Mecklenburg County commissioners have passed on their first-right-of-refusal to 5.1 acres of property owned by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Davidson. At Thursday’s meeting, county commissioners voted to pass on the property, which houses a vacant school and gym. This paves the way for officials in Davidson to purchase the property from CMS.

David Boraks

Davidson officials plan to meet the town’s growing public facility space needs through the purchase of a vacant school that’s owned by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

Two owners of a Davidson nail salon recently charged with human trafficking have been arrested again on assault charges. Davidson Police arrested Thuy Tien Luong, 34, and Nip Tsi, 35, involving an incident they say occurred at the Luxury Nail Salon in Davidson on July 26.

The Mecklenburg Board of Elections on Friday certified results of the November 7 local elections across the county. A final  check of absentee and provisional ballots didn't change the outcomes of two close town commissioner races in Cornelius and Davidson.

Davidson mayoral candidates (from left) Rusty Knox, Laurie Venzon and John Woods debated Wednesday at Davidson College.
David Boraks / WFAE

Growth is a key issue in this fall's election in the small town of Davidson, in north Mecklenburg County. The mayor faces two challengers in a race that has been shaped in part by a group called Save Davidson, formed to fight a proposed development.   

Map shows unincorporated areas in Mecklenburg County.
Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte are close to resolving who will provide police coverage in the county's unincorporated areas. Police departments in three towns would take over part of the job, while the county is negotiating a contract with CMPD for the rest. 

Mooresville residents lined up to speak at a Mooresville public hearing June 5 about the mixed-used development.
Town of Mooresville video

Development is booming again in the Lake Norman area. The recession that began in 2008 killed or delayed many projects. But now, new projects are going up from Huntersville to Mooresville. Some residents don't like it - and they're using social media and protests to pressure local officials. Votes are planned this week on two such developments - Monday night in Mooresville and Tuesday night in Davidson. WFAE host Mark Rumsey talked with reporter David Boraks, who has been following the projects.

A worker mows Tim Mascara's lawn on Sloan Street in Davidson. Workers wet the grass and wore protective gear because of concern over asbestos.
Courtesy of Tim Mascara

There was a strange sight in Davidson a few weeks ago – workers in white suits mowing lawns. It’s part of a $3 million asbestos cleanup by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at about 20 homes and other properties around an old mill.

Workers cut down trees and shrubs then installed a plastic liner, soil and a fiber mat cover on this slope near the former Carolina Asbestos plant in Davidson. Last fall, environmental officials found asbestos running off from the hill.
David Boraks / WFAE

Contractors have finished installing a plastic liner, fresh earth and a fiber mat over an asbestos site at the Metrolina Warehouse near downtown Davidson. Last fall, runoff was discovered flowing from a slope behind the old mill, at 301 Depot St.  in Davidson.

Green "filter socks" are designed to control runoff behind the old Carolina Asbestos plant in Davidson.  The trees will be removed and the hill full of asbestos covered starting next week.
David Boraks / WFAE

Updated Friday, Jan. 27, 2017
Despite the Trump administration's freeze on new Environmental Protection Agency contracts, a federal cleanup of asbestos found at homes in Davidson remains on track. In addition, state officials say work will start next week to cap asbestos that spilled near an old factory in the neighborhood. 

The Metrolina Warehouse in Davidson was an asbestos factory from 1930 to 1960.  A developer wants to tear it down and build apartments.
David Boraks / WFAE

A plan to redevelop an old mill in downtown Davidson has led to the discovery - or re-discovery - of disease-causing asbestos on the site and around the neighborhood. As officials figure out how to clean it up, historical fears and concerns have surfaced as well.

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