The Mooresville Campus of Mitchell Community College is about to get a lot bigger.
On Aug. 24, Mitchell Community College purchased nearly three acres of land from the Shoe family to move forward with their plans to expand the campus. The land was purchased for $1.925 million.
“It has been a long-term goal of the College to expand the Mooresville Campus,” Dr. Tim Brewer, president of Mitchell C.C., said. “We are very happy with where we are located in Mooresville and are looking forward to the expansion.”
With the purchase, Mitchell now owns nearly all of the land located in the block bordered by North Academy Street and North Broad Street in Mooresville, taking over the land previously occupied by the Transmissions Unlimited auto shop, which recently moved to a new location on Oakridge Farm Highway, as well as the large property that is still being used as the base of operations for the Mooresville Christian Mission.
Anticipating a sale, the Mooresville Christian Mission began looking for a new home. They are planning to unveil the plans for their new facility in October.
“We have plans for a purpose-built facility to meet the increased needs of people experiencing poverty in the Mooresville area,” Amy LaCount, executive director of the MCM, said. “The previous owners of the building have been wonderful supporters of the Christian Mission and continue to be.
“We’re also excited for Mitchell Community College’s expansion, which will serve the community well.”
However, even with the land for their planned expansion now under their control, Mitchell Community College is unsure of when any further progress will be made on the project. According to Brewer, there is currently no timeline for when the new facilities will be built.
“There will be new buildings built at the Mooresville Campus. Any buildings will be completed in a way that supports both curriculum and continuing education programs,” he said. “The development of the property will depend on what program needs are identified, determined to be relevant, and needed to provide higher education and training opportunities.
“These will be incorporated into a facilities plan that has not been developed with the purchase of the new parcels of land.”