CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte is one stop closer to a Tanger Outlet mall.
It's not a done deal yet, but plans are moving forward. Charlotte City Council has voted in favor of a tax break for the outlet mall.
Developers are asking city and county leaders for $6 million in tax rebates to fix up part of Steele Creek Road near I-85.
The council voted to approve up to $2 million dollars, followed by a vote by the county commission last week to approve a similar break.
The new mall would be build off of I-485 in south Charlotte. At the meeting, former Panthers' player and Steele Creek resident Mushin Muhammed spoke in favor of the project.
"We were in impressed by the quality of the project, and I do emphasize quality. We feel like they will good stewards of the area," he said.
However, environmentalists cautioned what the project could to to the sediment level in Lake Wylie, a concern for some area residents.
"They've been neglected by their government as their cove becomes a dumping ground, and their feelings of not have a recognized voice has multiplied, as their property taxes rise with the sediment," said Sam Perkins with Catawba Riverkeeper.org.
The council still must vote on a zoning change before construction can start on the proposed mall. That vote is expected next month.