Two Charlotte development companies unveiled a plan Tuesday to transform a large swath of mostly wooded land between the city’s airport and the Catawba River into thousands of homes, a major office district, shops, hotels, parks and a waterfront – a plan comparable in scale to Ballantyne.
The plan by Crescent Communities and Lincoln Harris would usher sweeping changes into an area that has so far remained largely untouched by Charlotte’s development boom. Despite its proximity to uptown and rapidly growing Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the Dixie-Berryhill area, as it’s known, feels a world away and largely rural. Most flight paths don’t cross over the site, so even the nearby airport seems farther away.
In that way, the proposal is similar to other iconic Charlotte developments such as SouthPark and Ballantyne, which transformed thousands of rural acres into thriving office, shopping and residential districts within a generation or two, said Johno Harris, president of Lincoln Harris.