Marvin’s Park plans and costs continue to evolve
The Marvin Village Council original projections for the Efird Park did not include a new barn; it does now. Renovating the current structure would cost more than building a new barn, village officials say. The barn is available in kit form, so the Council is conducting an informal bid and will decide on the design by the end of the month. The estimated cost for the barn and construction is $54,800.
Another major change in plans is the addition of a dual access restroom to the town hall/community building, allowing the public to access bathroom facilities after office hours. The additional costs for the bathroom are $29,000 bringing the total for the community center renovation to a projected $253,000.
The Council decided to separate public restrooms and tool storage into two buildings, a change from the original design, which incorporated both into the same building, that estimate is $121,000.
The Council also chose from three different playground designs, choosing a design by Charlotte Playset Inc. called Daniels Woodlands, which features handcrafted wooden playsets. That includes stairs, a seven foot slide, a net climber, log climber, monkey bars and two log houses. Including cypress wood mulch, and rubber borders, the total cost of the design is $60,225.
In other decisions, the Council selected the firm Land Design for the Marvin Loop extension of 3,800 feet of new sidewalk to be built in the fall.
Marvin election filings
The candidate-filing period to register to run for Village Council ended on July 15. Current Mayor Nick Dispenziere, filed for re-election as did Ross Overby.
Dispenziere was appointed as mayor last December when John Ciaramella resigned and Overby was appointed to fill Dispenziere’s council seat in February.
Also filing for Council was Lanny Openshaw, a former Union County Commissioner, and prior Marvin Council member, first elected in 2003. Openshaw resigned his seat from the Marvin Council after winning a county commission seat in December 2006. Terri Patton was later appointed to complete Openshaw’s term and subsequently won election in 2007.
All the candidates are running unopposed.
Terri Patton resigned her seat to take a position as village administrator last February. The Council seat is currently vacant, but will be filled by Openshaw when he assumes office in December.
When asked about being appointed to the empty seat, Openshaw said, “if I’m asked I will be glad to serve”. Openshaw is currently serving on the Parks, Greenways and Recreation board.
The Council could decide as early as its next meeting to appoint Openshaw to the open seat, the same seat he will occupy after the November election.
Wingate lands $20 million gift
The sale of a Mecklenburg shopping center will turn $20 million over to Wingate University. The school received a $20.9 million gift from Park Road Shopping Center owner Porter B. Byrum, who donated profits from the facility’s sale to Wingate, Wake Forest and Queens. The funding is the largest gift in school history and Wingate officials said it would be used to establish both a scholarship and further educational programs, along with an expansion of the cultural arts programs on campus.
“Mr. Byrum’s generosity will be transformational for Wingate University as it impacts our students, faculty and staff for years to come,” Wingate University President Jerry E. McGee said.
McGee and university trustees will work out the details of the project over the next few weeks.
First opened in 1956, Park Road Shopping Center was the first open air shopping center in Charlotte.
“This gift will have a lasting impact on Wingate by enabling more students to receive financial support as well as enhance their residential experience and classroom learning,” McGee said.