CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022) – City, neighborhood and business leaders gathered Wednesday to celebrate the groundbreaking of a redevelopment project aimed at revitalizing the landmark location at the former Eastland Mall site to help bring commercial amenities, jobs and housing to East Charlotte.
"This day has been a long time in the making and I am so excited that we are finally here, celebrating the beginning of this new phase for East Charlotte," said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. "This project will bring new and needed amenities for this community, job opportunities for residents and build upon the already strong sense of civic pride that has been nurtured by the East Charlotte community."
The City of Charlotte and the site's master developer, Crosland Southeast, will transform 77 acres of vacant land into a mixed-use, vibrant neighborhood center, which will increase housing affordability and provide an economic spark for East Charlotte. This new and much anticipated redevelopment will spur small business creation and provide high-quality open space for the community.
"The Community has waited a very long time for this day to finally come and we are honored to be a part of it," said Tim Sittema, managing partner of Crosland Southeast. "We have much work yet to do, but it feels good to celebrate this significant milestone in the transformation of this important property in East Charlotte."
The development will occur in three phases. Phase one, which is scheduled through 2024, will include:
155 homes including townhomes and single-family units
70-120 affordable units for seniors
280 multifamily units
17,500 square feet of commercial space (office/retail)
Infrastructure improvements for streets, rights-of-way, stormwater, water and sewer.
Future phases will include an additional 145,000 square feet of office and retail space.
"CharlotteEAST is ecstatic to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Eastland project with the City of Charlotte, Crosland Southeast and our East Charlotte family," said Greg Asciutto, chair of CharlotteEAST. "While we are not at the finish line, this event is a milestone in the history of our organization and community."