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Smooth sailing so far for massive Charlotte Golf Links redevelopment

A giant development is planned by Lincoln Harris for the site of the abandoned golf course called Charlotte Golf Links.
A giant development is planned by Lincoln Harris for the site of the abandoned golf course called Charlotte Golf Links. ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

Some Charlotte City Council members expressed concerns about traffic Monday night at a hearing about a massive south Charlotte rezoning, but the development appears to be moving ahead with no opposition.

No one from the public signed up to speak against the rezoning proposal at Monday’s public meeting. The Golf Links development would sit directly across Providence Road from the Waverly mixed-use development (map below), which Childress Klein is building.

Lincoln Harris teamed up with the Rea family, owners of the defunct golf course, to develop the site after the course shut down. The 194-acre site sits along oft-congested stretches of what were once country roads, and Charlotte Department of Transportation representatives said Waverly and Golf Links will likely cause some increase in congestion.

Council member Ed Driggs, who represents the area, said he’s a bit concerned about “shoehorning a huge development into an area that’s crowded.”

“This entire stretch is getting worse and worse. This is going to be a pretty major crisis, in fact,” he said. The rezoning plan includes plans to add more capacity, stop lights and connections to the area’s roads to help mitigate traffic.

City Council is set to vote on the rezoning request next month.

The Golf Links mixed-use zoning proposal includes:

▪ Up to 700,000 square feet of office space and 250,000 square feet of retail.

▪ Up to 1,000 housing units, including 500 multifamily units and 300 age-restricted units.

▪ Up to 250,000 square feet of recreational facilities.

▪ At least 33 acres of open space, including required buffers and a 3-acre park at the center of the development.

▪ A possible Charlotte-Mecklenburg school with grades K-8. The school could be a science and technology magnet school, Lincoln Harris representatives said. They said they are in talks with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools now.

▪ A possible Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department substation.

▪ An extension of Golf Links Drive through the site to the west, to help connect the site and handle traffic. The site also would feature a main connector road running north-south.

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