CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Big changes could be coming to the area around Providence Road near 485 which could impact traffic and add even more kids to schools facing overcrowding problems.
Developers want to rezone 89.5 acres off Rea Road near Golf Links Drive and Ardrey Kell Road to potentially build 600,000 square feet of retail, up to a 150 room hotel and more than 600 homes, according to rezoning paperwork. Right now the area is a bunch of woods and two older homes.
The plan, called Matthews Farm, could also include extending Golf Links Drive and Ardrey Kelly Road across Providence Road as entry points into the new development.
The project is subject to council approval. There is a public hearing scheduled for December 16 before the Charlotte City Council.
A little pull-in area off Providence Road near the rezoning sign is where Ronnie Linker sells firewood.
"I've been sitting here for about 25-30 years," Linker said.
Over the years he's watched the area go from farm fields to, stores seemingly overnight, and figured that area would be developed soon.
"That's good because of the population growing like it is, everybody needs a place to go," he said.
We looked into rezoning paperwork and found there are some concerns.
CDOT says the proposed changes could generate 19,400 vehicle trips per day in that area compared to generating 2,600 trips per day as currently zoned. They are still waiting for a traffic impact study.
"It will be much too much traffic," said neighbor Stacy Corday. "There's already enough shopping, why do we need more shopping? And I like to shop," she said
CATS recommends a bus stop park and ride with 40 parking spots.
CMS says school overcrowding is already a concern in the area, and "approval of this petition will increase overcrowding and/or reliance upon mobile classrooms",
including at McKee Road Elementary School, JM Robinson Middle School and Providence High School.
CMS says the development could 121 students to the area, with 101 of them going to McKee Road Elementary School, according to CMS comments in the rezoning paperwork.