by Mike Parks
A little spot of land near the northeast corner of Ballantyne Commons Parkway and Rea Road could soon be home to a handful of small businesses.
The Sterling Fox Group, based in south Charlotte, wants to turn 1.7 acres of undeveloped land into a small shopping area across Rea Road from StoneCrest at Piper Glen. Walter Fields, an agent for the developer, said he’s not sure if any businesses have expressed interest in moving into the retail locations if the lot is developed, though noted the land won’t be used for a large restaurant, branch bank or anything with a drive-thru.
The developer “thought maybe we could do a small building there and take advantage of stuff across the street,” Fields said, referring to the nearby shopping center. “It’s a small spot for some small businesses.”
Fields said the roughly 8,000 square feet of space could house between two to four small businesses, a small restaurant or some office space.
The developer must hold at least one community meeting where area residents and businesses can comment on the proposal. Fields said he’s working this week on setting a date and location for that meeting. If that meeting goes off without a hitch, the public hearing before Charlotte City Council is scheduled for July 16, where those for or against the proposal can make their pitch regarding the development to council members, who will eventually make the decision on whether to rezone the land and make way for the project.
As of Tuesday, June 5, Charlotte Department of Transportation officials had not estimated how much additional traffic the development would add to Rea and Ballantyne Commons. The department is awaiting word on how much of the 8,000 square feet will be used for office or retail, respectively, before commenting on the traffic estimates.