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South Charlotte group also looks to find a unified ‘voice’

Traffic backs up on I-485 just before 5 p.m. on 01.14.15 in this photo take from a bridge under construction on North Community House Road overlooking the beltline between Johnston Road and Rea Road.
Traffic backs up on I-485 just before 5 p.m. on 01.14.15 in this photo take from a bridge under construction on North Community House Road overlooking the beltline between Johnston Road and Rea Road. mhames@charlotteobserver.com

It’s not just SouthPark that’s looking to build a new group to lobby for the area with a unified voice: Property owners, residents and businesses are also crafting a similar plan.

Last month, I wrote about SouthPark coming up with a plan for “SouthPark Partners,” an association made up of property owners, developers, residents and businesses that would help guide development in the area. As it is now, only University City and uptown/South End have such groups (Though they’re funded by taxpayers, which SouthPark Partners wouldn’t be).

You can read my story about SouthPark Partners’ formation online here.

In South Charlotte, the group would be tentatively called “South Charlotte Partners.” There’s a brief notice about the group on the Ballantyne Breakfast Club’s website: “FYI......South Charlotte Partners. Advocating for our area will be the goal of this developing organization.....Updates pending.”

Ray Eschert, the founder of the Ballantyne Breakfast Club who’s sometimes referred to as the “mayor of Ballantyne,” said the group is still in its planning stages. It will likely involve major property owners, local businesses and residents. The group will seek to advocate for the area when it comes to major issues that come with growth, such as traffic, schools and how much density to allow in new developments.

You can follow the Ballantyne Breakfast Club’s website or check out one of their meetings for more information. Their next scheduled event is a back-to-school meeting on August 20th in the Fairway Ballroom at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, starting at 9 a.m. Guests include CMS superintendent Ann Clark.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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