Cramerton

Area boys’ soccer teams do well, er, except for Forestview

Congratulations to the Storm of Stuart Cramer HS on their defeat of the Forestview Jags on Monday night.  The rest of the scores as reported by the Gaston Gazette:

North Gaston 9, Burns 1: Seth Scoggins and Ulises Trejo scored three goals each. Michael Chafin had two and Sam Christy had one.The Wildcats (9-4-1, 4-2-1 Big South) visit Huss on Wednesday. The Bulldogs (1-12, 0-7) visit Ashbrook.

Stuart Cramer 1, Forestview 0: Zeke Baker scored the only goal of the game and Caleb Kirschenmann had the shutout in goal as Stuart Cramer upset the Jaguars for the first win over Forestview in school history. The Storm (6-7-1, 4-2-1 Big South) visit Kings Mountian on Wednesday. The Jaguars (9-3-1, 5-1-1) visit Crest.

South Point 7, East Rutherford 0: Dylan Maynard and Nelson Lomick scored two goals each. AJ Robinson, Colby Howe and Cade Ratliff all scored a goal. Henry Keel and Ryan Gutkowski had two assists, while Zac Baker and Maynard had one. The Cavaliers (0-10-1, 0-2-1 Southwestern) host Chase on Wednesday. The Red Raiders (9-3-1, 2-1) visit R-S Central.

East Gaston 2, Chase 1: Jonathan Hawkins and Carter Beck scored for the Warriors, with O’Brien Knight adding an assist. The Trojans (6-5, 1-2 Southwestern) visit East Rutherford on Wednesday. The Warriors (9-4, 2-1) host Shelby.

Gaston Christian 9, Metrolina Christian 0: Davis McBee had two goals and an assist and Colten Brewer had two goals. Lucas Whiteside, Jacob Foster and Caleb Thornburg had a goal and an assist each. Frank Lopez and Josh Putnam scored a goal. Jacob Neely had two assists and Jake Hoyle had one. Gaston Christian (13-2-1, 8-0 MAC) will host Hickory Grove Christian on Tuesday.

JV boys soccer

South Point 4, East Rutherford 1: South Point (6-2, 3-0) had goals from Quinn Lewandowski, Matthew Carr, Addison Lomick, and Ian Davis. Raiders goals were assisted by Adam King, Addison Lomick, Carson Smith, and Kaden Ivey.

Development to reshape Cramerton

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The new development called Villages at South Fork  along with any earlier plan simply called Lakewood Village will bring 1,409 “upscale” housing units to the Town of Cramerton along with a combined 170,000 square feet of commercial space over the next 5 to 7 years.

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Of course, this development impacts the whole area, and most importantly the school system and roads.

Hold on for this ride.

Pittenger property plans shown

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The Observer is reporting today that the plans for the 1,100 acres below South Point HS have been shared with city planners.

Almost 3,000 new homes are planned, along with a 36-acre “regional” park, and an additonal 30-acres for an elementary school site.

It is great to see their plans, but some of the land reserved for the park and the school site are basically very difficult and expensive terrain to develop.

It is both a good news and bad news type of story. The good news is that they plan a long term build out of the project — 15 to 20 years; The bad news is that the road plan is also a bit questionable. It is relying heavily on the use of South Point Road and an unfunded “spine” road closer to the South Fork River, connecting with Armstrong Ford Road(Main Street) near Timberlake and connecting to the Garden Parkway.

We hope that this particular road is built BEFORE the proposed houses and towncenters are approved. If you think South Point Road is busy now, wait for this development to take off.

Unfortunately — well maybe fortunately — the state builds roads, Senator Pittenger has a very cozy relationship with the development firms around the state. We would not be too surprised if this “spine road” gets fastracked. As former city councilmember Irl Dixon once stated, the TIP ( transportation Improvement Program) had already designated that a road needed to be built and overlayed a road path. The Comprehensive Land Use Plan by the City of Belmont accepted this overlay, so all things considered, the road could be a go…

Hopefully, the funding will be forthcoming from the state legislature. We know that Representative Wil Neumann of Belmont is supportive, if not for re-election purposes at the very least.  

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Other good news on this project is the developer. Haden Stanziale is a recognized leader in large tract development. The project will certainly be first class. The bad news about this developer is that it contributes to the notion of economic cleansing concerns that many in-town and long-time residents have expressed.

When the property taxes on revaluation of property goes sky high two things happen. Pleople sell their property, or they can’t afford the tax bill. In this “bubble-burst” period of housing slowdown, both the resale of existing homes and new homes may help keep the tax values from rising too quickly.

We have a county commission that is very averse to raising pennies on property, but willing to hit the sales tax side for “good causes”  — this is a whole ‘nuther story completely so we won’t talk about it right now.