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Forum: Learn more about CMS plans for Eastland Mall site

Charlotte City Council’s April vote to sell CMS the Eastland property drew protests from some who wanted a development that would do more for the area.
Charlotte City Council’s April vote to sell CMS the Eastland property drew protests from some who wanted a development that would do more for the area. sharrison@charlotteobserver.com

Eastside residents concerned about what a new K-8 school at the Eastland Mall site will mean to their neighborhood can talk with officials overseeing the project at a Thursday forum.

Superintendent Ann Clark and Pat Mumford, director of the city of Charlotte’s Neighborhood and Business Services Department, will speak at the forum, organized by the Eastland Area Strategy Team. It’s from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Amity Presbyterian Church, 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road.

The plan calls for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to build a K-8 foreign language magnet school at the site, relieving crowding at nearby Albemarle Road elementary and middle schools. Charlotte City Council’s vote to sell the land to CMS drew protests and petitions from neighbors who wanted the city to hold out for a project that would bring more businesses and growth to the area.

Plans for a movie studio fell through, and city officials said they’ve seen the value of the land drop as buyers failed to materialize.

For more about the organizing group: http://charlotteeast.com/

Ann Doss Helms: 704-358-5033, @anndosshelms

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