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Northcross Drive Extension

February 14, 2017- The NCDOT has released preliminary plans to extend Northcross Drive, at the traffic light beside the Shell station near the Whole Foods store, all the way from Sam Furr Road to Westmoreland Road. Northcross currently ends about halfway betwen Sam Furr and Westmoreland but the new route will connect it with Westmoreland, between Catawba Avenue and I-77. This new north-south route should take some of the traffic off west Catawba Avenue. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020, and a map of the proposed route can be found here.


Vineyard Point Master Association is up for renewal

September 29, 2016- Did you know that the Vineyard Point master covenants are nearing their renewal date? They were recorded in May 1989 and their 30-year anniversary is fast approaching. One year prior to that date, in May 2018, they can be terminated or amended by a simple majority vote of the 325 members. If no action is taken, then they will auto-renew for another ten years in May 2019. This could be a rare opportunity for our Townhomes HOA members to share their ideas on rewriting the covenants. The end result would be an all-new master association with rules & regulations that make more sense, and one that could include our Townhomes HOA as a full member. Details can be found at Master-covenants-anniversary.pdf.




Catawba Avenue road widening project

January 18, 2017- According to Vance Elmo, our contact at the NC DOT, the environmental document for the West Catawba project is currently in the final stages of preparation for signature and it should be completed this month. The right-of-way acquisition is scheduled to begin in Fiscal Year 2018, alhough no actual date has been stipulate d. The same is true for construction, which is  scheduled to begin in FY 2020. The project will include 11-foot travel lanes, 5-foot bicycle lanes, a 23-foo t raised median, with a sidewalk on one side and a 10-foot path on the other. No left turns will be allowed from V.P. Lane or Montrachet onto Catawba.


Former Rusty Rudder site will host new restaurant

November 18, 2016- The Rusty Rudder restaurant off Catawba Avenue closed last month but will reportedly be opening in 2017 as a new establishment called "Hello Sailor". It will be managed by the owners of the popular 'Kindred' restaurant in Davidson, and will feature dockside dining and cocktails. That is good news for boaters, since this is one of the few restaurants with lake access.


Luxury townehomes
project is cancelled

August 10, 2016- Classica Homes has decided to withdraw its rezoning request for the W. Catawba Retreat project. According to Rick Jasinski, their VP of Land Acquisition & Development, the revised plan for the West Catawba road widening will have more impact on the new neighborhood than originally planned. Classica therefore decided it would be best to not go forward with this project. Rick gives his thanks to all the Vineyard Point residents who supported this effort, and for helping Classica move the project forward with the Town of Cornelius


Beware of the wasps

July 28, 2016- Yellow jackets have been swarming over the wooden walkway on the south side of the Moorings pool, so they apparently have a nest in the bank beneath that section. Residents have been stung, so please avoid that area if possible; we have asked the Moorings to call their exterminator. These wasps usually retire to their nest around sunset, so it's fairly safe to walk that route at night. Systemic allergic reactions can cause bronchial swelling so If you're stung and start to have any difficulty breathing, call your doctor ASAP.


Master
Board of Directors
meeting

March 20, 2017- The Vineyard Point master board held its quarterly meeting tonight and was presented with a two-page letter from attorneys representing the Bordeaux HOA. The letter described a series of alleged violations including invalid meetings, illegal elections, directors who were not property owners, and failure to adhere to the provisions of the covenants. Representatives for the Bordeaux expressed their dissatisfaction with the fact that their owners contribute 22% of the master's revenues but receive the smallest benefit. In other business, the board approved credits for billing errors incorrectly charged to the Tuscany parcel, and the chairmen of the septic and front-entrance committees presented reports on those projects.


Catawba Avenue convention hotel update

January 20, 2017- Wayne Herron, Planning Director for the Town of Cornelius, provided another update on the proposed convention hotel to be located betwen Waterview Drive and Mariner Villas. His staff has met with Dr. Nara (the property owner) and everyone agreed that it will not be feasible to build the project per the plans that were originally submitted. Wayne says that "Dr. Nara is interested in moving in a different direction" but the Town is not certain what that might be. The Town was advised that it might be receiving an alternate proposal in the near future.

 


Great Blue Herons have adopted our waterfront

November 18, 2016- We've seen several of these magnificent waterfowl in front of the Townhomes in recent years. This photo was taken by one of our residents while the bird was fishing for minnows in our neighborhood.


 
   No, they're not otters

September 12, 2016- One of our new residents recently asked if the furry creature he saw swimming by the boardwalk was an otter. That is possible but it was most likely a muskrat. These mostly-nocturnal animals are found across North America and they're not rats at all, but are more closely related to lemmings. Muskrats have a fondness for freshwater clams; as you can see in the photo above, they like to use our personal-watercraft lifts as their dining table.


Padldleboard rentals

July 11, 2016-  OK, all you exercise buffs--- My Aloha Paddle and Surf is located in the Waterstreet Seaport commercial building at Vineyard Point marina. They offer paddle board sales, rentals, lessons, fitness programs and excursions. According to their website this business is the first of its kind in the Charlotte and Lake Norman area to offer stand-up paddle fitness programs, as well as stand-up paddle board lessons by Certified WPA and PaddleFit Instructors. You can reach their office at 704-526-8432 and complete details are available at My Aloha.



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