by: Jim Bradley Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A major development project in east Charlotte that failed during the recession is back on the table.
More than 20 acres along McClintock Road went into foreclosure without a single home being built there. A previous developer had torn down dozens of old apartments, paved new roads and even put up new street signs for what was supposed to become Morningside Village. Years went by, however, and nothing was ever built.
"It's one of the top questions I get as president of the Commonwealth-Morningside Neighborhood Association," said Jeannie Fennell. "When are they going to do something. What's going in?"
A new developer, Northwood Ravin, has bought a significant portion of the land and plans to break ground on 400 apartments, townhomes and cottages after the first of the year.
"We want to create a village atmosphere, a kind of community that puts a lot of focus on the pedestrian experience," said developer Ben Yorker.
He said the buildings will vary in size and architectural detail and will line one side of McClintock Road.
The company also has options to buy the remaining land in the center of the tract. Plans call for more homes and the possibility of retail shops as well.
Neighborhood groups have been generally positive about the project but have raised concerns about the few remaining large trees being cut down to make way for the buildings. Resident Molly Harrington says she's still hoping to convince Northwood Ravin to save some of the trees.
Whatever happens, she's glad to see the project moving forward.
"Long term I think this would be just a great example of urban living," Harrington said.