Council Quickies: Eastland Proposal Approved, Social District on the Way

October 9, 2023 | By Ryan Pitkin –  Queen City Nerve

Charlotte City Council met on Monday for an action review and business meeting that included an update and vote on Eastland redevelopment, an update from staff on social districts in Charlotte, and a public comment on the proposed Plaza Midwood Social District.

On the Agenda:

  • Eastland Yards Complex
  • Social Districts

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City Council approves $30M for new Eastland plan without amphitheater

October 9, 2023 | By Steve Harrison –  WFAE 90.7

The Charlotte City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a new development proposal for nearly 30 acres at the old Eastland Mall site.

The vote marks a milestone for Eastland, which the city bought more than a decade ago, after it slid into financial distress and anchor stores closed, and then demolished in 2013.

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Charlotte City Council at-large candidates are all Democrats. Will that ever change?

August 24, 2023 | By  Emma Withrow –  NewsBreak

CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( QUEEN CITY NEWS ) — There’s less than three weeks until the Charlotte City Council primary election, and candidates are gearing up for their final sprint.

But this year’s lineup looks a bit different than the last few election cycles. Out of the seven candidates running for at-large positions, not a single one is a Republican.

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Charlotte Pride: Charlotte LGBTQ+ History Timeline

August 16, 2023 | By Kayla Chadwick-Schultz  –  City of Charlotte

In honor of Charlotte Pride returning to Uptown this August for its annual festival and parade, the City of Charlotte is reflecting on 60+ years of recorded LGBTQ+ history with a condensed timeline. We do not intend for this timeline to represent a complete history of the LGBTQ+ experience in Charlotte; it is merely a highlight reel of significant moments, people, and places over time. To learn more, please visit the links provided below.

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Charlotte City Council unanimously approves Brookhill Village funding

By Daija Peeler  –  Staff Writer, QCITY METRO

Last night, Charlotte City Council unanimously approved a request for $3.5 million to renovate Brookhill Village, one of Charlotte’s last naturally-occurring affordable housing communities.

“I want to acknowledge the fantastic work of Antoine Dennard and Griffin Brothers, obviously the wonderful Mr. Sean Keith, the Housing and Neighborhood Services Group, The Harvest Center, and council members, past and present,” District 3 council member Victoria Watlington said, mentioning the parties involved in preserving the community.

“And I know you didn’t happen to be sitting in this seat when it happened, but you’ve been here the whole time, along the way. I’m so happy that we’re able to sit here together and celebrate this,” she finished, motioning to at-large council member LaWana Mayfield.

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Charlotte city staff, council members clash over what should be built at former Eastland mall site

By Steve Harrison  –  Staff Writer, WFAE 90.7

City of Charlotte staff Monday night recommended an e-sports, concert venue and outdoor soccer complex for a nearly 30-acre site at the old Eastland Mall.

But a number of City Council members pushed back against that recommendation — in unusually strong terms.

While Crosland Southeast is developing most of the site with residences and offices, the city still has two competing finalists for a tract on the east side of the old mall site. A team of evaluators from the city, county and Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority gave QC East, the e-sports and amphitheater proposal, 70 out of 100 possible points.

The other proposal — an indoor amateur sports complex — got 59 points. One reason for the lower score is that two members of the private development team that would build that complex recently dropped out.

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Council Quickies: Funding for the Future of Brookhill Village

By Ryan Pitkin  –  Staff Writer, Queen City Nerve Charlotte Newspaper

Charlotte City Council met on Monday for a zoning and business meeting, still needing to catch up on zoning hearings that were missed in a canceled June meeting. They also discussed Eastland Yards, with council members disagreeing with how city staff brought a certain recommendation to the table.

On the Agenda:

  • Consent Agenda/Zoning Hearings
  • Public Forum
  • Eastland Yards
  • Brookhill Village and Other Business Items

Consent Agenda/Zoning Hearings

As part of the consent agenda, council approved an estimated $1,000,000 for a Police Command Bomb Truck for CMPD as well as an estimated $5,254,861 for a new helicopter for the department upon trade-in of the current one.

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Concerns arise as developer looks to bring more housing to south Charlotte

By Lexi Wilson  –  Staff Writer, WCNC

Charlotte City Council’s members listened to the project’s rezoning petition Monday night, but it was met with concern.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A developer is looking to build nearly 200 homes in south Charlotte.

It would be on about 32 acres of land off of I-485, near China Grove Church Road just south of Westinghouse Boulevard and west of South Boulevard. The Charlotte developer proposing this project is Blu South. They’re looking to rezone land to build 128 townhomes and 58 duplexes.

“We’re losing the character and diversity of what makes Charlotte, Charlotte,”   Lawana Mayfield, a Charlotte City Council member, said.

Charlotte City Council’s members listened to the project’s rezoning petition Monday night, but it was met with concern.

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