CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Channel 9 has learned more about the plans to turn farmland in south Charlotte into a massive new development where people eat, work and live.
Developers took Eyewitness News to the site to reveal more about the project, how they're easing neighbors' concerns and why the city of Charlotte really stands to benefit.
The 90 acres of empty farmland off Providence Road could soon become known as Waverly, a $200 million development of offices, shops and homes.
"This property has been in my family for over 150 years," said owner Frank Matthews.
"I've heard rumors. I've heard it's going to be like a Birkdale environment with housing and shopping," said neighbor Barbara Srnovrsnik.
Developers Childress Klein Properties and Crosland Southeast told Channel 9 builders working on Waverly have created projects like Birkdale Village and Phillips Place.
"The retail component will be anchored by a specialty grocer and there will likely be a strong mix of best-in-class restaurants," said James Downs of Crosland Southeast.
The 90 acres are in the unincorporated part of Mecklenburg County, but developers are volunteering to be annexed into Charlotte.
The city would collect taxes but provide police and fire protection to the property.
New construction will bring more traffic.
"It's Providence Road. There's always concerns of traffic," said Srnovrsnik.
Developers hope a community meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Providence Country Club will answer any concerns and lead to zoning approval to break ground and open by 2016.
"I know the generation before me, my father would be very proud of it," Matthews said.
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