Morning Minute: November 12, 2018

News About Town: The Matthews Board of Commissioners has a regularly scheduled meeting tonight at 7 PM in Town Hall. Items on the agenda include recognition of Matthews 101 participants and several rezoning issues.

Novant Hospital Matthews is requesting the rezoning of property on their campus for the construction of two new office buildings. Part of the rezoning includes cost-sharing between the Town and Novant for a connector road (Andrew Caroline Drive) from Sam Newell to Matthews Mint Hill Road. Novant will also allow the Carolina Thread Trail through their property, which will connect to the new multi-use paths constructed along Matthews Mint Hill Road. A third aspect is agreement of Novant to allow the future Lynx Silver Line through a portion of the campus.

Tonight the Board will vote on the hotly contested 269 South Trade Street property. This project proposes 12 homes on a 2.4 acre lot adjacent to the greenway entrance on South Trade. Also on the agenda is a vote on a map and text amendment for the Monroe Road Small Area Plan Overlay. The Town Planning Department recommends a deferral on this vote until December 10, 2018.

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News Around Town: Yesterday the Town of Matthews and American Legion Post 235 hosted a Veteran’s Day ceremony in Stumptown Park. The program consisted of a choir from Independence High School and a several moving speeches. A graveside ceremony followed at Old Matthews Cemetary (Pleasant Hill Drive) in conjunction with Marine Corps League Charlotte 750 to honor the fallen World War I soldiers of Matthews, NC.

At 11 AM today the Matthews Rotary Club will honor area veterans with their 28th Annual Veterans Day lunch at the Levine Senior Center. Numerous restaurants are offering Veterans free meals with valid ID through today.

The Matthews Beacon would like to thank all our veterans for their bravery and service.


One Good Thing: Girl Scout Troop 1497 is hosting a blood drive today at Brakeman’s Coffee (225 N. Trade Street). Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will be at the popular coffee shop (we’re assuming in a mobile donor unit) between the hours of 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Donate blood and get a free drink!