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Rezoning Approved for Mixed-Use Development in South Charlotte
  Posted 5-5-15
       
The Charlotte City Council has unanimously approved a rezoning request that will permit a new mixed-use development on 188 acres the Rea family owns at the intersection of Providence and Ardrey Kell roads in south Charlotte. Lincoln Harris is serving as an advisor to the Rea family during the development process and will partner with the family to develop the office and retail components of the project. Construction of the development is slated to begin early next year.

The rezoning request technically covered 194 acres, as it encompassed a six-acre plot featuring 50,000 square foot of existing office space that will remain unchanged.

“We have listened carefully to the comments and wishes of the surrounding residents and the city of Charlotte,” said Johnny Harris, president and CEO of Lincoln Harris. “First and foremost, the Rea family wants this property to be a benefit to the community, and the site plan is a response to what we heard from the public, which, in part, is a desire for more work options in the area, more opportunities for shopping and dining, and more classroom space.”

The new 188-acre development, located on what was once the site of the Charlotte Golf Links complex, will encompass up to 200 single-family homes, up to 650,000 square feet of office space, up to 250,000 square feet of retail and up to 500 multifamily housing units. The new single-family homes will be located next to an existing residential neighborhood to create a buffer that will minimize the impact of the development on nearby residents.

The project will also include a K-8 public STEAM magnet school, construction of which will be complete in time for the 2020 school year, as well as a 175,000-square-foot recreation facility containing an indoor swimming pool and indoor tennis courts.

Furthermore, a large park will be created in the center of the development, as well as a comprehensive system of sidewalks and bike paths. To alleviate local concerns about increased traffic, the development will be accompanied by a wide range of infrastructure improvements, including more exit ramp lanes at the Providence/I-485 interchange; new roads to allow drivers to travel from Ardrey Kell to Providence, and vice versa, without having to pass through the intersection of the two; a third southbound lane on Providence Road from Ardrey Kell Road to Providence Country Club Drive; and another westbound lane on Ardrey Kell Road.
 
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