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Project announced for long-vacant Quail Hollow site

South Charlotte’s “big hole” could soon be developed, as the Harris Land Co. has filed a rezoning petition with the city to build a new development called Quail Hollow Village, featuring offices, retail, condos and a hotel.

The intersection of Park Road and Gleneagles Road has been fenced off for a decade, after Harris started and then aborted a project that would have been anchored by a Saks Fifth Avenue. That development would have had underground parking, and today the remnants of preliminary construction work exist with large craters on the 19-acre site.

The rezoning application seeks two changes to the original site plan from last decade. The developer is seeking an access point from Park Road and for permission to build up to 350 residential units for sale or rent.

A public hearing is set for November.

Walter Fields, an attorney representing Harris, said owner Dee-Dee Harris isn’t seeking additional density or height from what was previously approved.

“This is about flexibility,” he said.

“We are limited in terms of absolute amount of development,” Fields said. “We want to be able to swap one use for another. If we wanted more offices, then there would be fewer residential units.”

He said Quail Hollow Village won’t have as much underground development as planned last decade.

One thing driving the project, Fields said, is that nearby Quail Hollow Club is scheduled to host the prestigious PGA Championship in 2017.

“Having a hotel would be a nice amenity for the PGA,” he said.

There will no longer be a Saks on the site, Fields said. That’s a reflection of the changing nature of retail, in which more people shop online instead of going to brick and mortar stores.

The site plan filed with the city calls for 120,000 square feet of retail/restaurant, 65,000 square feet of specialty retail, 120,000 square feet of office, and a 200-room hotel.

In 2004, when Harris was trying to finish the Saks project, Dee-Dee Harris had asked the city for a public subsidy to help with the project. That was rejected.

There doesn’t appear to be any similar request in 2014.

Harris couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.

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