Residents say mall shoppers park in neighborhood

by: Tina Terry Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Some residents said Charlotte's new outlet mall is causing major traffic problems for a nearby neighborhood.

Berewick Subdivision is southwest of Charlotte Premium Outlets near Dixie River and Shopton roads.

Neighbors there said shoppers who couldn't fit in the mall's parking lot parked in front of their homes last weekend.

"I did not leave our house for four days because of the amount of cars that were here," said Sarah Dukic.

"Everything’s a disaster. It really is for us," said Don Rice.

They said when the parking lot filled up, shoppers drove down Shopton Road into their neighborhood looking for parking spots and blocking driveways.

"We did get complaints from neighbors that there was excessive traffic and people parking on the side of the road," said Capt. Chris Dozier with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. 

Police worked with Charlotte's Department of Transportation to place temporary no-parking signs at the subdivision's entrance.
Some neighbors want a more permanent solution.

"I think they need to redirect the traffic down Dixie River Road,” Dukic said.

“This should be blocked off from them coming in and parking," said Rice.

A spokesman for CDOT said those temporary signs were taken down Sunday.  However, she said Charlotte Department of Transportation is very concerned and working closely with the mall, homeowners and police to find long term solutions.