Ballantyne area residents will have a chance to hear updates on some major developments during the April 25 Ballantyne Breakfast Club.
Representatives from the proposed Waverly, a joint venture of Childress Klein and Crosland Southeast on almost 90 acres east of Providence and Ardrey Kell roads, and representatives from Lincoln Harris, the company that has proposed redeveloping the 194-acre defunct Charlotte Golf Links, are expected to be at the meeting, said Ballantyne Breakfast Club founder Ray Eschert.
Representatives with the City Council, the Charlotte Planning Department, the Charlotte Department of Transportation and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are also expected to provide additional perspective on how all the development will impact local infrastructure and schools.
Officials also are expected to provide an update on the S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy being planned for the area, Eschert said.
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Chris Thomas, partner with Childress Klein, said his company is looking forward to sharing new details about the Waverly development, which is currently under construction.
This includes Novant Health signing on as the medical office anchor and likely opening this fall, and Dressler’s Restaurant providing a concept for a restaurant on the Terrace. Other businesses expected to locate there are Novanta Pizzeria, Bad Daddy’s and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.
Thomas said representatives also plan to discuss their reasons for seeking a site plan amendment.
He said the developers have received demand from a top national coffee purveyor and a fresh casual café concept that requires them to reconfigure the site plan slightly.
Developers acknowledged that they have already heard some concerns about traffic and the impact on schools from residents.
“Residents are right to be worried about traffic on Providence Road,” said City Councilman Ed Driggs, who represents District 7 where the projects are located. “Although every effort is being made to offset the effect of new development … there is no question that capacity will be taxed even further than it is now.”
Developers said they’ve put a number of mitigating features in place to address those possible issues.
Peter B. Pappas, partner with Crosland Southeast, said the Waverly development was scaled back from its original proposed plan in response to residents’ concerns. They’re also providing funding for infrastructure improvements on Providence Road and the I-485 interchange ramps as well as additional lanes and signals in front of the property to mitigate the traffic impact.
He noted that because the homes they’re designing are “a neo-traditional design which offer smaller lots with homes closer together,” they’re likely to attract young couples, empty nesters and singles.
Thus, he said he doesn’t anticipate large families with a lot of school-age children moving there.
Driggs said officials will need to continue to balance development with changing infrastructure needs.
“South Charlotte is a very attractive area, so it is not surprising that there is a flurry of investment going on,” Driggs said.
He said a contributing factor to all of the new developments is that “the economy is regaining momentum and interest rates are still low.”
Pappas agreed, calling south Charlotte “the most desirable undeveloped land in the county.”
“It’s only because of the economic downturn that it wasn’t developed seven years ago,” he said.
Driggs said he hopes his constituents will attend the meeting to learn about the latest updates on the various developments but also to share their concerns.
“Public opinion is an essential part of the rezoning process, and many improvements are made to rezoning petitions based on input from neighbors,” he said.
Want to Go?
The Ballantyne Breakfast Club will hold its next meeting at 9 a.m. on April 25 in the Fairway Ballroom of the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. Residents can arrive early to enjoy refreshments provided by the hotel. The meetings are free and open to the public. For more information please visit www.ballantynebreakfastclub.com.