The following is an excerpt was published by Mark Plemmons with the Independent Tribune on November 1, 2019 here: https://www.independenttribune.com/cit/friday-five-farmington-food-and-fine-print/article_051d9791-6f22-5a0d-a011-5a002950614d.html
Farmington officially underway. MPV Properties and Harrisburg officials broke ground on the Farmington Ridge Parkway last week at the much-anticipated development straddling the Cabarrus-Mecklenburg County line in Harrisburg.
“It’s been a long time coming — a lot of approvals and cooperations to make this happen,” said Jim Merrifield, managing partner with MPV Properties.
Road construction of the parkway is expected to take a year and a half, with completion slated for 2021. After that, the village center will begin construction, Merrifield said.
The road construction is being funded with tax-increment financing, meaning that increased tax revenue from the resulting development will be used to pay off the load.
The parkway has been planned for several years and will connect Rocky River Road with Tom Query Road. The intersection will align with Plaza Road Extension.
“The neighbors are really interested in what we’re doing and anxious to know what restaurants, shops and businesses will be coming to Farmington,” Merrifield said.
Movie theaters, a park and multi-use trails and greenways are also planned in the 180-acre development, which has been compared to Birkdale and other similar mixed-use projects.
Taylor-Morrison, TRI Pointe Homes and Woodfield are the builders committed for the residential phases of the development.
Site work underway for Farmington as of October 25, 2019
Jim Merrifield, Managing Partner of MPV Properties speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony
Cabarrus County – Executive Director for Cabarrus Economic Development Robert Carney Jr., Deputy County Manager Rodney Harris, County Commissioner County Government Lynn Shue, County Commissioner Blake Kiger, County Commissioner, Chairman County Government Steve Morris, Jim Merrifield and County Manager Mike Downs.
Town of Harrisburg – Harrisburg Engineering and Public Works Director Rob Donham, Town Manager Haynes Brigman, Council Member Troy Selberg, Mayor Steve Sciascia, Council Member Christopher Barfield, Assistant Town Manager/Finance Director Lee Connor, Human Resources Director Tihisha Sharif, and Planning and Economic Development Director Sushil Nepal
MPV Properties – Broker Mike Chatham, Brokerage Assistant Rhead McEneny, Broker Robbie Adams, Senior Vice President Justin Holofchak, Managing Partner Jim Merrifield, Managing Partner Brad Murr, Managing Partner Steve Vermillion, Partner George Macon, Administrative Manager Kim Young, Marketing Manager Shelly Johnson, Brokerage Assistant Marissa Castello
The Blumenthals – Sam Blumenthal, Alan Blumenthal, Philip Blumenthal, Jim Merrifield
City of Charlotte – City Councilman Greg Phipps and Jim Merrifield
TRI Pointe Homes – VP of Land Cisco Garcia, Division President Gray Shell, Jim Merrifield, Land Acquisition Manager Margaret Puckett and MPV’s Justin Holofchak
Yarbrough-Williams & Houle, Inc. – Construction Inspection Services Manager Todd Godfrey, Rick German, President Vince Keene and Jim Merrifield