New Belmont Grocery Store Begins Hiring

The newest grocery store in Belmont will not open until the fall but the hiring process has already begun for its potential new employees.

A new Harris Teeter is being built at the Belmont Town Center shopping complex located on South Point Road. Construction started a year and a half ago and the store is finally moving towards completion. Danna Robinson is a spokesperson for the store and has stated that they do anticipate opening in the fall. When the store opens, it will include many amenities such as a Starbucks coffee, pizza bar, sub shop, floral gallery, and Express online shopping.

Hiring has begun for the anticipated 120 new employees for the store, although some will be transfer employees from existing stores. There are full and part-time opportunities in many capacities like stock clerk, baker, and barista.

The actual date of opening will be announced about two weeks before. The company also plans to host an event called “Taste of Teeter” at the Belmont location one day before the grand opening. This will be a pre-opening sample event featuring many of the store’s best products.

In addition to the new store, a 12,000 square foot building next to the new store will also feature restaurants and retailers. These businesses are also planning to open in the fall

For more about hiring opportunities and other amenities of the new store, be sure to check out the full article at www.gastongazette.com

 

New technology to prevent pool drownings

After a close call with a 2 year old girl earlier this week, Belmont’s YMCA is training with a new technology designed to prevent pool drownings. Earlier in the week, paramedics arrive at Ballantyne’s YMCA to respond to a drowning call. A lifeguard had pulled the young girl from the pool and she was alert and breathing. The girl’s father later reported that luckily she was doing fine.

In response to this incident, lifeguard’s have begun working with a new technology developed by Dr. Graham Snyder, a pediatrician from Raleigh. He had dealt with many tragic drownings in the past and developed the new “swim safe” neck bands in response to that.

The band is designed to fit around the child’s neck before they go into the pool. If the child is underwater for more than 15 seconds, the band will begin to flash and sound an alarm to alert nearby lifeguards. Dr. Snyder said that he had seen too many young children die from drowning over the years and wanted to develop something to help remedy that. If the bands are a success in Gaston County, the plan is to expand their use throughout the rest of North Carolina. This technology could be vital to saving many young children in  the future.

To read more about this new invention and how it can help North Carolina children, be sure to check out the full article at www.wsoctv.com

Cherubs Cafe temporarily closing

Cherubs Cafe is an extremely popular breakfast and lunch restaurant on Main Street in downtown Belmont. Starting this past Monday the cafe closed for the month for renovations. The cafe has been closed in the past for shorter amounts of time to complete updates like painting and cleaning but this is the first time it will be closed for major renovations. Everything from the kitchen to the dining room to the furnishings will be receiving a complete upgrade.

The cafe has been a staple in Belmont for the last 21 years and is run by Holy Angels, a nonprofit group devoted to providing creative learning programs and living opportunities for children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The servers and wait staff at Cherub Cafe are made up of these adults.

The cost of the renovations will be covered partially by Holy Angels as well as donated grants and company discounts. A representative from Holy Angels has said that the cafe will be receiving a complete makeover that she hopes customers will enjoy when the cafe reopens in about a month. For anyone concerned about the well-loved menu at the cafe, it has been stated that the menu will remain mostly the same.

For more about this popular restaurant’s upcoming plans be sure to check out the full article at gastongazette.com

Belmont’s new grocer to compete with local favorite

Belmont is soon to be home to a new Lidl, a German-based grocery chain that has been working on a significant expansion into the United States and is getting ready to open up a 4.3 million-dollar 32,000 square-foot store here.

With a new grocer in town, local discount supermarket favorite, Aldi, is really trying to step up its game so that it can compete with Lidl. The two Belmont area Aldi stores, located at 2108 Union Road in Gastonia and 6402 Wilkinson Boulevard in Belmont that have been open for over 10 years are getting a makeover. The company has invested $1.6 billion nationwide to remodel and expand their existing stores and these two locations are part of the mix. The Belmont location, which recently reopened, has had the biggest makeover in the area so far. The Gastonia location has renovations underway and is expected to reopen in mid-May.

Remodeling plans include open ceilings, a new modern design, plenty of natural light and environmentally friendly building materials. The company is also making changes to their food products, including removing added MSG, synthetic colors and partially hydrogenated oils from all of their store branded and private label products.

For more details and information on the Aldi makeovers as well as the new Lidl opening and what it means for Belmont as well as Gaston County, be sure to read the full article at gastongazette.com.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Belmont’s Eagle Park

Eagle Park is a charming community in the town of Belmont in Gaston County, located just minutes from the interstate yet featuring a welcomed sense of seclusion. The community offers small-town living with big city amenities and allows residents to take advantage of the slower pace and laid-back vibe of Belmont.

The neighborhood features parks, a playground, a tot lot, and a dog park. Residents can also enjoy a community pool and fitness club as well as the tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic tables and athletic fields at Davis Park. Furthermore, Eagle Park is conveniently located near major interstates, near Uptown Charlotte, and near the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Eagle Park has nine homes on the market, which represents 18 months of inventory, and thus we are looking at a buyer’s market. Belmont as a whole has six months of inventory making it a perfectly balanced market, neither favoring the buyers nor the sellers. Specifically in this neighborhood, however,  buyers seem to have the upper hand.

Furthermore, there has been almost no change in the average price per square foot over the last year. There has, though,  been a slight increase in the average sales price of homes.

Homes currently on the market range in size from almost 1,700 square feet to over 3,000 square feet and range in price from $248,000 to $414,900. you can expect plenty of curb appeal and charming front porches in this beautiful neighborhood.

Belmont is a historic Mill town that features fantastic shopping and dining, and with Eagle Park’s walkability to downtown Belmont, the community has everything you could ask for.

Much-anticipated McLean development pushes forward

McLean is one of the most talked about and highly anticipated residential developments in Belmont, North Carolina on Lake Wylie. The 670-acre development covers five miles of shoreline along the border between North Carolina and South Carolina.  The community will include 800 homes, as well as a marina with a waterfront restaurant, a public park, 10 new miles of trails that will connect to already existing trails, and a pool clubhouse in each of the three primary neighborhoods of the subdivision.

The current breaking news on the development regards the 37 of the 800 new homes that dip into York County in South Carolina. While York County has already approved the plans for this part of the neighborhood, The company behind the new development project has asked for an extension, as currently construction is only allowed to continue through August 10 of this year. County planning staff is recommending a one year extension to guarantee completion within a preapproved time frame. Because these York County homes will have no access from York County, the roads, water and sewer infrastructure will be served by Belmont, as this is where the majority of the development sits.

The three primary neighborhoods of the development are South Shore, the Conservancy, and Overlake. Construction on South Shore homes has already begun and homes in the neighborhood will range from approximately $400,000 to over $1 million. Homes in the Conservancy are slated to be ready this spring and start at approximately $240,000. Home construction in Overlake is not slated to begin until later this year,  and the marina will be built as part of a much later phase. The entire McLean project, which includes not only the homes but also the marina, restaurant, park, trails and more is not expected to be completed in its entirety for approximately 8 to 10 years.

For more details on the McLean project in Lake Wylie, be sure to read the full article at CharlotteObserver.com.

Belmont’s Nellie’s Southern Kitchen gets national attention

screen-shot-2016-12-18-at-4-39-19-pmBelmont’s dose of celebrity, in the form of a pop star-owned restaurant, is about to get some national attention. Nellie’s Southern Kitchen, the new and popular downtown Belmont restaurant opened by the Jonas family, is “southern hospitality done right,” and the Food Network is about to debut a special that documents the restaurant’s opening.
screen-shot-2016-12-18-at-6-28-22-pmThe Jonas Brothers was an American pop band that garnered much of their fame from Disney Channel appearances and ultimately became a major pop group. While no longer a band, the brothers have stellar solo careers that tend to keep them in the limelight.
The Jonas brothers, as well as their family, are no strangers to both individual and group success as well as bold career moves. But, opening their southern-style restaurant whose inspiration came from Nellie Jonas, the brothers’ great grandmother who lived in Belmont until she passed away in 2011, was no easy feat. Now, you can watch a behind-the-scenes thirty-minute special that will air on the Food Network called “Jonas Restaurant: Family Style.” The show will give viewers a glimpse of what it took for the family to open their restaurant that showcases home-cooked comfort food in a fun, welcoming and friendly environment. The special really showcases the family’s passion for entertaining with food.
“Jonas Restaurant: Family Style” documents the week leading up to the restaurant’s opening day, with pending construction, staff hiring and training, and recipe testing yet to be completed.  The special will air on the Food Network on December 26 at 7 PM Eastern Time. For more details on the TV special, check out the article at celebmix.com, and for more details on Nellie’s Southern Kitchen, the delicious menu, or for reservations  at the restaurant, visit the website at nelliessouthernkitchen.com.

Belmont’s new waterfront community debuts new 50-cottage village

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-3-45-06-pmMcLean is a new beautifully master-planned waterfront community on Lake Wylie in the town of Belmont occupying 670 acres along five miles of stunning shoreline in an extraordinary location, right next to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and the Carolina Thread Trail. Furthermore, it is conveniently located near downtown Belmont’s charming shopping and dining scene. This remarkable new community will allow residents easy access to all of the activities that Lake Wylie has to offer, including boating and fishing, as well as the opportunity to take advantage of the location’s pure lakefront beauty.

The newest development within this community is with The Conservancy, a small village subdivision that will feature 50 cottage-style ranch houses built by M/I Homes. M/I Homes will offer six different home designs, and pre-sales have already begun. The home designs for The Conservancy offer numerous optional features and add-ons, such as a bonus room, an upstairs living room, or outdoor living areas. With the purchase of every M/I home, homeowners can take advantage of the included lawn maintenance, Energy Star certification, and a 15-year transferable structural warranty. Plus, The Conservancy has its own pool, clubhouse and bocce ball court for residents to enjoy, and these amenities are scheduled to open in 2017.

M/I Homes is one of the country’s premier builders of high-quality single-family homes focused on “uncompromising quality, innovative design and enduring value in the best, most desirable locations possible.” For more details on the company or for more information on the community of McLean, be sure to read the full article at PRnewswire.com.

Market spotlight: Belmont’s South Point Ridge

Let’s check in with South Point Ridge in the town of Belmont, which features spacious new construction single-family homes on beautiful lots with an average sales price of approximately $270,000. This lovely neighborhood features a community pool and playground, making it great for families. Plus, the community is located just behind South Point High School.

Residents here can take advantage of all that Belmont has to offer. It is a charming town that is small, yet thriving, and offers a fantastic quality of life. Residents can enjoy a slower pace while taking advantage of a stroll through historical shops, fantastic local dining, and plenty of downtown community festivals. Belmont is located at the northern end of a large peninsula that has Lake Wylie to the south, the Catawba River to the east, and the South Fork of the Catawba River to the west. Thus, it is surrounded by lots of natural beauty, with plenty of water, rich forests, and rolling hills. It is full of southern small-town charm, yet is within close proximity to Charlotte for all of the big-city amenities you could want.

This growing South Point Ridge neighborhood has a very steady housing market with notably little fluctuation in the number of homes sold per month, in the average sales price of homes, or in the average price per square foot, which has not strayed far from $95. This consistency indicates a very stable market, which is attractive to both buyers and sellers.

With only four homes currently on the market, there is only 3.4 months of inventory in South Point Ridge, indicating a sellers market. This is lower than the inventory in Belmont or in Gaston County as a whole, which are also sellers markets.

Belmont, North Carolina, is a wonderful town that is definitely worth exploring.

 

Affordable housing development coming to Belmont

Screen Shot 2016-08-07 at 9.22.23 PMBelmont is about to be home to a beautiful new affordable multi-family development. Laurel Street residential, in partnership with St. Paul Baptist Church, just broke ground on the 112-unit community that will be located at 1322 Allen Street. The community will include a 60-unit senior housing building, 29 townhouse-style units and a 23-unit garden style apartment building.

This rental community is designated for seniors as well as families that earn 60% or less of the region’s median income. The project is slated to be finished in late 2017. Creating stable housing options for a historic community like Belmont is crucial to the successful future of the town.  Affordable housing for current residents with fixed or limited incomes provides them with the opportunity to stay in the community in which they live.

Community amenities will include outdoor seating areas, a playground, a computer center, a community room, a fitness center and also a covered picnic area.

St. Paul Baptist Church, which plays a major role in the development of this project, aims to expand affordable housing in the Belmont neighborhood. While it is primarily their vision behind the project, the city of Charlotte also plays an instrumental role in helping the plan come to fruition. The new development will also be closely located near a future light rail stop, making accessible transportation options available for people of all incomes.

For more information and details on this affordable housing project in Belmont, read the full article at bizjournals.com.