Partnership between town, company seals the deal
A year’s worth of debate and discussion came to a close Wednesday, Oct. 5, as Carolina Courts announced it planned to stay in Indian Trail. The company held a press conference to announce both their new location and a partnership with the town. Indian Trail officials said they were encouraged by the move.
“(The town) appreciates the confidence, commitment and loyalty of Carolina Courts to continue to make Indian Trail their home,” Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Goodall said. “Indian Trail is truly becoming a national sporting mecca and we’re proud to have Carolina Courts as a key player in that vision.”
The company, 7210 Stinson Hartis Road, will be forced to move when the Monroe Bypass comes through, as the road will cut right through the property.
Over the last year, Carolina Courts spoke with several towns in the area, discussing potential moves to Weddington or Stallings. In the end however, Indian Trail’s bid won them over. The company signed a letter of intent to build a three acre facility either adjacent to or within the town’s 51 acre park. As part of the deal, Indian Trail residents will be able to use Carolina Courts facilities free for 15 to 20 hours a week. Town officials said they also hope to attract quality restaurants and additional sports/recreational facilities thanks to the deal, as well as possibly a hotel.
“We still have some work to do to finalize an agreement, but we are confident that both parties will get the details wrapped up in coming weeks,” Indian Trail Economic Development Coordinator Kelly Barnhardt said. “Overall this is good news for Union County and Indian Trail. Carolina Courts has been great to work with on this project and we hope to continue a long term relationship.”