Another hurdle is out of the way as developers prepare to begin work on a 90-acre mixed-use development off Providence Road at Interstate 485.
Charlotte City Council voted Monday, April 28, to approve rezoning what had long been farmland at the southeast corner of the intersection to make way for the Waverly project, which in addition to a Whole Foods Market is expected to include a number of restaurants and shopping options, medical and office space and residential offerings.
“We’re probably already working with 30 to 40 prospective service providers, restaurateurs and shops,” said Peter Pappas, with developer Crosland Southeast. Childress Klein is the other developer of the project.
The developers can’t say what possible tenants they are negotiating with outside of the already announced Whole Foods Market, though Pappas said they have gained input from area residents about what they would like to see at the center.
“We’ve been very pleased with the level of support we’ve received from the community,” said Chris Thomas, of Childress Klein. “It’s been a nice process of getting to know our neighbors and sharing the details of the plan (and receiving) a great deal of support from the community.”
The center will be built with pedestrians in mind, both Pappas and Thomas said, as Waverly will include an upscale apartment complex, single-family homes and townhomes in addition to the office and medical space. The developers hope area residents and employees will walk through the center to do a lot of their shopping and dining, while visitors to the center also will be encouraged to park and walk by the layout of the project. Plans currently call for two, one-story parking decks. The project will be split by Ardrey Kell Road, which will be extended, and will include a number of interior streets throughout the development.
“I think we heard from neighbors that they were very excited about the pedestrian scale of our project. Park once and walk,” Pappas said. “… the big banner we were carrying is it has got to be walkable, pedestrian friendly.”
The developers expect grading to start at the site in mid-July or early August. That work will take three to four months, to be followed by internal and off-site road improvements. Developers will pay to add a traffic signal at the intersection of Providence Road and Golf Links Drive, and an additional northbound traffic lane will be added to Providence Road between Ardrey Kell and Providence Country Club.
Road work would extend into April or May 2015, after which building construction can begin. Pappas said the project could open in spring 2016.
While the Wavery project awaits permitting and final design work, the fate of a nearby piece of land is still in question. The former Charlotte Golf Links site, located on 187 acres across Providence Road near Waverly, also could be developed, according to a recent news release. Meanwhile, state transportation officials could start work widening I-485 in the area as soon as 2017 with toll lanes, which could mitigate some congestion at the interchange, officials have said.
Find more information on the Waverly project at its website, www.waverlyclt.com.