Thursday, May 30, 2019 7:30 am
From left, Cramerton Mayor Pro Tem Demetrios Koutsoupias, McAdenville Mayor Pro Tem Jay McCosh, Mount Holly Mayor Bryan Hough, Lowell Mayor Sandy Railey, Stanley Mayor Steven Denton, Gastonia Mayor Walker E. Reid, III, Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin and Chamber Board Chair-Elect Heath Jenkins of the Town of Stanley.
Growth cited in population, jobs, infrastructure and more areas
Growth once again was the prevailing theme when seven mayors representing the cities and towns of the Montcross area in eastern Gaston County met for a Mayors Forum program at the Chamber’s Business Buzz breakfast on May 30, 2019.
The event, sponsored by CaroMont Health, was hosted by Gaston Christian School in the new M.O. Owens Worship & Fine Arts Center. Stanton Enterprise/McDonalds provided breakfast. CaroMont Health CEO Chris Peek presented the sponsor's greeting, and Gaston Christian Head of School Dr. Marc Stout welcomed the Chamber group to the Fine Arts Center.
Speaking were: Stanley Mayor Steven Denton, Mount Holly Mayor Bryan Hough, McAdenville Mayor Pro Tem Jay McCosh, Lowell Mayor Sandy Railey, Gastonia Mayor Walker Reid, Cramerton Mayor Pro Tem Demetrios Koutsoupias, and Belmont Mayor Charlie Martin.
This list highlights just one of the many points presented from each municipality:
Belmont: CaroMont Health’s recent announcement it will build a $173 million new hospital on Belmont Abbey land along I-85 near exit 27.
Cramerton: The town is projected to grow in population from residential projects already planned by 1,700 in the next two to three years.
Gastonia: CaroMont Health also announced a $70 million addition to CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia.
Lowell: Sonic Automotive’s new customer service center near I-85 at exit 22 is projected to result in 500 new white-collar jobs, representing the largest office project ever in Gaston County.
McAdenville: Several new shops, restaurants and other businesses recently opened downtown and plans are progressing for redevelopment for commercial use of a large Pharr building on Main Street.
Mount Holly: The south gateway is burgeoning with growth including a new hotel under construction, highway widening under way, CaroMont Health’s hospital coming and a $4.7 million sewer extension planned.
Stanley: Plans are being developed for expansion of Stanley’s Town Hall building.