The Town of Cornelius is gearing up for some exciting changes that will take place over next couple of years for the downtown Town Center area. The Town Center is receiving a major overhaul with the construction of a brand-new arts facility, the opening of Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s newest location, and an expanded neighborhood shopping center.
After years of planning and preparation, the Cain Center for the Arts recently announced it plans to open in Spring of 2022. The 1.9-acre Cain Center will be a major hub for art, performance, education, and events. It will include a 400-seat theater, gallery space, event spaces, classrooms, a community green space, outdoor plaza, parking, and pedestrian access. The vision of the Cain Center is simple, it aims to empower children and adults alike to create, experience, and enjoy the arts, right in the heart of the region where they live, work, and play. Justin Dionne, executive director of the Cain Center, told the Queen City Nerve, “We want to add, enhance and accentuate the culture of what it means to be here in the Lake Norman area, and here in this Metrolina region of the piedmont. Sure, on the base level, will this give people less of a commute to get to see an artistic performance? Yeah, that’s the skin deep, if you will. But deeper than that, our goal is to create a place where people can really enjoy community, they can grow community.”
The Cornelius area also awaits the opening of the newest Olde Mecklenburg Brewery location, set to open later this year or possibly early 2021. The 25,000 square foot restaurant and event space will feature patio space and a large outdoor biergarten. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery first opened in March of 2009 at its flagship location on Yancey Road in Charlotte and is now one of the most ordered and sold craft beers in the Charlotte area. Owner John Marrino is excited to bring the OMB atmosphere to the Lake Norman community.
Situated between these two exciting additions to downtown Cornelius is Antiquity Town Center. The 82,561 square foot neighborhood shopping center anchored by Harris Teeter, located at the intersection of Catawba Avenue and Main Street announced plans for Phase II retail. The proposed new construction project will offer 16,000 square feet of retail space, offering a mix of shops and restaurants with outdoor dining areas along the north side of Catawba Avenue and Main Street. Paula Saunders with New South Properties is now pre-leasing space with opening targeted for Spring of 2022.