Will Ballantyne break from Charlotte?

Will Ballantyne break from Charlotte?


by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on February 23, 2013 at 12:28 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 23 at 12:41 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Will Ballantyne try to break away from Charlotte and become its own city?

That is certain to be among the topics at Saturday morning's Ballantyne Breakfast Club meeting.

Ballantyne has grown to become one of the most successful areas of Charlotte.

"I think the story of Ballantyne is the story of Charlotte. It is about all of the assets that make Charlotte special," said Ned Curran, President and CEO of the Bissell Companies.

Curran's company was one of the original developers who helped turn some 2,000 acres of woods into what Ballantyne is today.

And Curran said he believes it should remain part of Charlotte.

"For us at least, it looks to me like we are doing very well in Ballantyne. People are prospering. We've got demand for our products," said Curran.

But if you talk to some Ballantyne taxpayers, they think splitting is at least worth considering.

"As a local resident I think we have our own unique opportunities and our unique needs, so I'd like to learn more about it," said Ballantyne resident Ron Steinbrink.

But others said it makes more sense to remain part of Charlotte.

"You know, if every small group that wanted to secede and be their own small little island, it probably is not going to work long term," said another resident, Jim Burton.

Those who favor separation believe that down the road, Ballantyne should get more and better services for less money.

Sharon Simpson was out for dinner at a Ballantyne restaurant Friday night and said, "I think if it benefits everybody over here, I think it would work out."

But Curran doesn't want to gamble.

"Why ruin a good thing?" he asked.