Cabarrus County's new tourism welcome center will likely go in one of two sites along Bruton Smith Boulevard.
But which location it will be won't be decided until the end of the month. DeSales Wagster, chief executive officer of the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau, will present her recommendation to the agency's board at its annual retreat Feb. 27-28 at the Pinehurst resort.
Wagster said the two sites are near the Embassy Suites Hotel Charlotte-Concord Golf Resort and Spa and the Great Wolf Resorts indoor water park and hotel being built off Weddington Road.
The racing-themed center will be positioned to take advantage of the $200 million in renovations coming to Lowe's Motor Speedway, the $60 million drag strip being built across from the speedway, Great Wolf, Concord Mills mall and other amenities.
There is no estimate yet on the cost or size of the building, Wagster said. Those numbers would be influenced by whether the bureau has tenants or partners for the building.
The aim is to sell hotel room nights and other packages through the center, Wagster said, including bringing in people traveling along Interstate 85, at the speedway exit, Exit 49.
The bureau also will keep its Kannapolis headquarters off I-85 at Exit 60, Wagster said.