• Community to discuss future of Eastland Mall site

    By: Jim Bradley


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The future of the former Eastland Mall site is still uncertain but that doesn't stop people from wondering what's next. 
    "Every day someone has a new question about Eastland," said City Councilman John Autry. 
    Two months have passed since the city declined to support a proposal to put a complex of movie studios, stores and housing on the site. 

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    Since then, neighborhood groups have been trying to keep Eastland's future on the front burner.
    "The squeaky wheel gets the grease so as long as we remain squeaky, we figure that ours will go to the top of the heap," said east Charlotte resident Vicke Fewell.  
    Fewell will help lead a meeting of the East Charlotte Community Partners neighborhood group Thursday night. 
    The main topic will be Eastland Mall and how it will be redeveloped.
    For now, the Eastland site is a wasteland of rock and rubble 80 acres deep. 
    Until April, it was being considered as a possible site for for Studio Charlotte developed by Bert Hesse. 
    But the city declined to back that plan and is now in the process of creating a new master plan for the site which would break it up into smaller pieces marketed to multiple developers. 
    The City of Charlotte said that plan should be ready by the fall.

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