CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The doors are propped because the line spills out. It is lunchtime at Lake Pointe Plaza along Yorkmont Road.
“The parking lot is slammed. We have a great deal of walk up business from some of the businesses around here,” said building owner Tom Cluderay.
“It’s really surprised us…(we’ve) been here about five years and its turned into the food court for several million square feet of office space within a pretty close radius,” Cluderay noted.
But that's about to change.
The old coliseum came down with a whole lot of fanfare and a big boom in 2007. And then...nothing.
The building boom that had been well under way died with the economy.
The manager of the nearby driving range has been here the whole time.
“I’ve noticed the signs, really haven’t noticed much construction going on,” said Matt Ethridge.
Construction is finally underway at City Park. Almost 300 apartments are expected to be done by the end of the year.
“I’m glad. It’s a big chunk of land and it will just increase the density of development in this immediate area,” Cluderay said.
The developer at City Park says some small retail shops are also in the works and he's optimistic there are lots more to come.
“I think that’s great. Originally when we bought this property there were some plans for something to happen at that time and it just kind of sat on the shelf for awhile,” said the developer.
The idea is to make this a live-work community where people can walk to everything they need. There will also be parks and trails connecting to the nearby farmer’s market.