CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- East Charlotte residents rallied Sunday for a chance to start over with a part of their neighborhood they say has become an eyesore that drags down their property values.
“This is a blight that needs to be dealt with,” said John Autry, the Council’s District 5 representative. Eastland falls in Autry’s district, and he joined about two dozen other people with signs at the corner of Central Avenue and North Sharon Amity to rally passing traffic. Several cars honked their horns.
Charlotte City Council members are expected to vote on a plan to buy roughly 80 acres of the 90-acre property for $13.2 million Monday night. Two “outparcels” – a former Shell gas station and a former Harris Teeter – would not be part of the deal.
This deal, one of a handful of transactions involving the property and buyers over the last several years, brings together seven different owners who each own a piece of the mall. The interior portions of the mall and each of its former anchor stores are currently owned by separate companies.
At least two other council members declined to speak about the proposal Sunday afternoon, but one expected it to pass – possibly by a unanimous vote.