“New types of neighborhoods with greater diversity in housing styles, sizes, prices ranges and amenities are required to meet the demand for a broader range of housing choices.”
2017: Michael Bay recognized as for “Great Transformation 2017” by the NC American Planning Association’s 2017 Great Places in NC for renovating and restoring the historic Mill to a vibrant economic asset. The Mill facility is now home to Greenworks Tools, Merinos Home Furnishings, Main St. Antiques and Design Gallery, Gator Finishing, OleksynPrannyK, Terawatt Solar, and Alino Pizzeria.
2017: Town awarded its first Economic Development Incentive Loan to Scratch Made Kitchens II, LLC to assist owners Chuck and Stacy White with the upfit of their "Famous Toastery" location in downtown Mooresville.
Affordable Housing for All Citizens of Mooresville
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Continued Commitment to the Heart of Mooresville
While Miles has helped give Mooresville momentum in growth and expansion, downtown redevelopment and investments (both public and private) have also been a major priority during his tenure. Major areas of focus include plans for a mixed-use development for the block of Church Street between Center and Moore Avenues and a comprehensive downtown parking strategy. In 2020, Downtown Mooresville will see; Mooresville Ice Cream be renovated into “Broad Street Place” to include new retail space and 8 market rate apartments. Mill One will open with retail and 90 market rate apartments and a new restaurant will open in the 100 block of S. Main. Since Mayor Atkins took office, over $18 million in private investments and $3 million in public investments have been made in Downtown Mooresville. For every $1 invested by the Town of Mooresville, $6 in private investments were generated.
In 2015 Mayor Atkins worked to help develop the Mooresville Comprehensive Housing Strategy addressing both affordable and senior housing needs. This program has resulted in the establishment of a Critical repairs program, new down payment assistance program and the approval for a new senior development. Low Income Housing Tax Credits of about $750,000 from the state were awarded to the Wesley Community Development Corporation in 2017, to develop the senior apartment project on town-owned land. In April 2019, his vision became reality when ground was finally broken for the Cascade Garden Independent Senior Living Apartments.
Additional Achievement Highlights:
2012: As a graduate of Mayors’ Institute on City Design program, Mayor Atkins became one of eight selected Mayors nationally
to present problems from his or her city. Results produced detailed examinations and feedback from expert designers on the church street redevelopment, downtown parking, and how to properly develop the Burlington Mill
2016: Town purchased Church Street property for future $43M mix-used downtown residential/retail development and parking deck
2016: Town purchased portion of Mill 1 property to have direct access into Liberty Park redevelopment project off Church Street
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