Harrisburg neighbors learn more about massive development project

HARRISBURG, N.C. — Neighbors near Harrisburg learned more Monday night about plans for a massive new development project that would be built near Interstate 485 and Rocky River Road.

The massive plan, which would be similar to Birkdale Village in Huntersville, would transform the empty land into a center with restaurants, a hotel, a movie theater, townhomes, apartments and shops.

It would dramatically change the area, so neighbors will have their first chance Monday to give input to the committee that will either approve or kill the project.

The developer behind Birkdale Village is the same one who is planning to build the proposed new village center, Farmington, right on the line between Charlotte and Harrisburg.

Plans call for hundreds of housing units, 200,000 square feet of retail and 160,000 square feet of office space.

At the first community meeting in March, some neighbors raised concerns about traffic, but the developer said it will widen and improve the roads in the area.

The developer has submitted its traffic study to the North Carolina Department of Transportation for review.

City Council isn't expected to vote on the project until a later date but they did approve a petition Monday night.

The plans go to the zoning committee.

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