Public invited to give feedback on new center

Area residents will soon have a chance to learn more about a proposed shopping and living community in south Charlotte, and organizers are already looking for input on what kind of shopping options people want to see there.

Developers of the proposed 89.5-acre “village-type atmosphere” mixed-use center, called Waverly, will host a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Providence Country Club, 6001 Providence Country Club Drive, to discuss the project with area residents and receive feedback. Crosland Southeast and Childress Klein Properties are teaming up for the project, which would be built on what used to be farm land at the corner of Providence Road and Interstate 485, near Ardrey Kell Road.

The roughly $200 million project would include two office buildings at five to six stories each, some 225,000 to 250,000 square feet of retail, an “upscale grocery store,” 90,000 square feet of space for restaurants and outdoor dining, two medical buildings totaling 60,000 square feet, two one-story parking decks, 180 single-family and town homes and 375 apartments.

“We’ve already received (much) unsolicited interest from restaurateurs and retailers, as well as from the retail brokerage community,” Peter Pappas, a partner at Crosland Southeast, said. Pappas said there could be as many as 12 different types of restaurants at the center.

“We’re certainly going to bring restaurants and nice, specialty retail, to the property so folks working in our office buildings will have a nice opportunity to walk out … without getting in their car, and walk down the street to eat and shop,” said Chris Thomas, a partner with Childress Klein.

The developers have already started meeting with area residents, including those at nearby Providence Country Club, and talking with city planners, transportation officials and newly elected Charlotte City Council area representative Ed Driggs. Tuesday’s meeting will give Childress Klein and Crosland Southeast a chance to hear any general concerns from the community while gauging the wants and needs of shoppers who may use the center.

The developers are working on a website to keep area residents up to date on the project, and also will organize focus groups to receive input throughout the process.

Tuesday’s meeting also will focus on the future Ardrey Kell Road extension, which is planned to cut through the site. The center also will be served by Golf Links Drive, Providence Country Club Drive and two new private street connections. A traffic study regarding the site has been submitted to the city and state transportation departments as part of the rezoning proposal.

Under the current zoning – for low-density residential – the site could create 2,600 vehicle trips per day, according to the Charlotte Department of Transportation. The new zoning would create an estimated 19,400 trips per day, according to the report.

City council is scheduled to hear a presentation on the project on Dec. 16, once new members are sworn in. People can sign up to speak for or against the proposal on that night, and city council could vote on the project at a meeting in January.

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