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Revised plans for Rhyne Station get review this week

Revised plans for a major mixed-use project planned for northwest Charlotte will go before the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission's zoning committee this week.

The hearing is set for Wednesday for Rhyne Station, a development on 71 acres at the southwest corner of Interstate 485 and Mount Holly Road.

Developers are looking to build 321,000 square feet of retail space, a 100-room hotel, 70,000 square feet for car dealerships, 88 townhomes and 28,000 square feet of office space, according to plans filed with the commission.

Mount Holly Developers LLC is listed as the developer, and Lockard Reed Development Group LLC as manager.

In July, one of the developers told the Observer that retailers were looking for what is known as “junior” anchor space, something they didn't have after planners approved their original rezoning about 21/2 years ago.

Stores looking for junior anchor space usually occupy about 30,000 square feet or so; large anchors, such as a Kohl's, usually take at least twice that much space.

The new plan creates space for a pair of stores to occupy the junior anchor space. It also allows a single big-box store originally approved to be divided into a group of junior anchors.

After the hearing this week, the Rhyne Station plan is scheduled to go before the Charlotte City Council for a final vote Oct. 20.

Formal wear store opening

There's going to be a new chance to look spiffy soon at Northlake Mall in northeast Charlotte.

MW Tux, the formal wear operation of Men's Wearhouse, should be open by the end of the month, Northlake general manager Phil Morosco said.

The store is under construction now.

MW Tux will go into the upper level of the mall near Dillard's department store, Morosco said.

Changing site plans

LDC Group of Madison, N.J., has filed a rezoning request asking for an amendment to the city's zoning ordinance.

The change would give the zoning administrator power to authorize certain changes to already approved site plans, as long as the changes don't “significantly alter” the plan. Normally, such changes require a full rezoning application and City Council approval.