An old store that police called a magnet for trouble in one of Charlotte’s oldest neighborhoods will soon be getting a new life.
Developers have until April 21 to submit their plans for Farrar’s grocery store in the Belmont neighborhood.
The city of Charlotte bought the store on Belmont Avenue and a garage across the street in 2014 and neighbors who’ve been waiting for changes are excited.
“We are just excited,” said Vicki Jones, president of the Belmont Neighborhood Association. “We feel like this development is going to be a catalyst for development along this corridor.”
Jones said she could see anything from a fresh foods store to restaurants, housing, and possibly a type of community center as part of the redevelopment.
Belmont has seen many changes over the last few years including new housing that has been moving in with more is on the way.
But that has some longtime residents worried that they won’t be able to afford to live there anymore, and they wonder if redevelopment of the old store will continue that trend.
“This is how you ask yourself, ‘What’s that building going to be? What’s going to bring the most money?” asked a woman who did not want to be identified.
The city would not say what is coming to the site at the corner of Belmont Avenue and Harrill Street until they can review all of the proposals.
Jones said she would like to see work begin on the project by the end of the summer.
Originally posted on WSOC TV by Mark Becker on 04/10/2017