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Matthews seeks public input on Family Entertainment area proposal

The Matthews Board of Commissioners is ready to put the final touches on plans for the proposed 150-acre Family Entertainment area next to the Sportsplex, and is seeking citizen input.

Commissioners will hold a public-input session 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at Matthews Town Hall to continue receiving suggestions for the plan from the December 2014 public hearing.

The Family Entertainment District is approximately 300 acres that includes the Sportplex and adjoining private land. It’s roughly bounded by Matthews Mint-Hill Road/N.C. 51, U.S. 74, Interstate 485, Tanktown Road and the Crestdale neighborhood and adjacent industrial complex.

The plan suggests the privately owned 150 acres of undeveloped land next to the Sportsplex be developed with higher density and include a mix of hotels, restaurants, retail and other entertainment venues to support the visitors in town for events at the Sportsplex.

The Sportsplex, a partnership between Mecklenburg County and Matthews that opened in 2013, draws teams from Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and throughout the region.

The entertainment district would be designed to complement that area.

The Matthews zoning code includes a new Family Entertainment District and this is the only area that is slated for that new zoning category. Currently that land is zoned residential, but Matthews Planning Director Kathi Ingrish says everything is in place so that either the town or property owners can request rezoning to ENT.

The new zoning would allow a variety of uses, higher-density development, and different architectural styles than other zoning categories.

Commissioners want to create an additional policy to further detail the small-area plan and the ENT zoning, so that developers will have a clear vision of what the town wants for the area and can plan accordingly.

The public is welcome to weigh in on several topics Feb. 2, including:

• Creating a unique look, brand and architectural style for the new neighborhood;

• Create a name and logo unique to the new neighborhood;

• How best to assure an appropriate and viable mix of land-uses are included;

• Opportunities for shared and structured parking;

• Whether to pursue any public-private partnerships or other shared funding to facilitate recovery of upfront costs for infrastructure (new streets, utilities, stormwater improvements, best management practices, etc).

Details: Kathi Ingrish, 704-847-4411, or