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Hearing set for Charlotte Golf Links proposal

In a few weeks, south Charlotte residents will have the opportunity to share their opinion on one of the largest proposed zoning changes in recent memory.

A public hearing for the rezoning of 188 acres at the old Charlotte Golf Links is scheduled for March 16. The zoning change would allow offices, shops, a school and hundreds of houses, said city planner Solomon Fortune.

After the Charlotte Golf Links course failed in 2014, control of the property reverted to its longtime owners, the Rea family. The Reas have contracted Lincoln Harris to examine ideas for redeveloping the property as a mixed-use development.

In late 2014, developer Lincoln Harris filed plans to rezone the site.

The Golf Links mixed-use zoning proposal includes:

A community meeting was held for nearby residents on Jan. 27, Fortune said.

Residents at Providence Country Club expressed mixed feelings about the development.

Sharmin Hoque said she is excited to see more development coming to the area.

In addition to the Charlotte Golf Links property, there is another new development being constructed across Providence Road. Known as Waverly, the mixed-use project will include houses, office space and retail, anchored by a new Whole Foods supermarket.

Together, the two projects would add hundreds of houses, apartments and more than a million square feet of office, restaurant and retail space to Providence and Ardrey Kell roads just south of Interstate 485.

Hoque said the new developments will make errands more convenient for area residents.

But amid all the development along Providence Road, Jon Wolf said he is disappointed that the golf course wasn’t resurrected in some way.

“I’m sorry for it to go,” he said. “It’s nice to have a local golf course for people who can’t afford a country club.”

He said it would have been nice if a developer had saved nine holes and built a small residential community around it.

Wolf said he also is concerned about the traffic, noting the recent North Carolina Department of Transportation expansion of I-485 stopped short of the Providence Road exit.

“Knowing all of this development was coming to Providence, why didn’t they just go the extra mile and a half with all of this new construction going on?” he said. “I’m surprised their crystal ball isn’t clearer.”

Still, Wolf said he, like other residents, are looking forward to seeing exactly what establishments go into the development.

“I think we’re a bit burned out on apartments,” he said. “But we’re excited about seeing what comes in.”