Eastland Mall

Charlotte City Council Economic Development Committee

The Charlotte City Council likely won't approve an agreement to redevelop the vacant Eastland Mall site until at least next February. That's in a timetable approved Thursday by the council's economic development subcommittee.

Architect's drawing shows plan for a renovated Memorial Stadium near uptown Charlotte. JenkinsPeer Architects is working with the county.
Mecklenburg County/JenkinsPeer Architects

Mecklenburg County's request for the city of Charlotte's help paying for artificial turf at a renovated Memorial Stadium is moving forward.  Members of the City Council's Economic Development Committee voted 3-1 Thursday to recommend the project to the full council.

Gwendolyn Glenn

Four proposals for the vacant Eastland Mall site were presented to the City Council Economic Development Committee members today. All of the proposals were mixed-use projects with themes ranging from the arts and sports, to millennial housing and family entertainment.

The site of the former Eastland Mall on Central Avenue at Albemarle Road.
Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

Charlotte City Council members will vote Monday evening on a potential next step in the ongoing effort to redevelop the old Eastland Mall site.  The mall was once a retail and social hub in Charlotte, but major anchor stores started leaving the mall about a decade ago.

Movie Studio At Eastland Mall Site Appears Dead

Mar 6, 2014
Julie Rose / WFAE

The future of the Eastland Mall site appears to be up in the air again. City staff have recommended against extending an exclusive contract with Studio Charlotte, the company that wants to turn the 80-acre property into film and TV studios. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports.


Eastside Charlotte Update

Sep 3, 2013
Google Maps Streetview

The east side of Charlotte has been developing for a number of years. An area that used to be avoided by many people, now has a growing and diverse population. More ethnic restaurants and small shopping malls are sprouting up. A restaurant tour in September promises to sample tastes from around the world right in east Charlotte. And most recently a plan to demolish Eastland Mall and make way for a movie studio is tentatively moving forward. Charlotte is already a hub for the filming of movies and television, and this would extend that industry further east. We talk with Charlotte Mayor Pat Kinsey and others about the development of east Charlotte.

Paying For Film, Part 3: How NC Compares

Aug 29, 2013

Thirty productions claimed tax credits last year for filming in North Carolina, including some blockbusters like Iron Man 3 and the Hunger Games. Charlotte has become home to a couple of successful TV shows: Homeland and Banshee. By all accounts, the Hollywood business is booming here. But there's a dark cloud on the horizon – come the end of next year, North Carolina's film incentives program is set to expire. 

That prompted WFAE to take a close look at what filming brings to the state, and what it costs us to get those films here. Our two part series wrapped up Thursday morning and WFAE reporter Julie Rose joined host Mark Rumsey to answer a few questions.


Movie Studio Plan For Eastland Mall Moves Ahead

Aug 15, 2013
Julie Rose

  Eastland Mall will be demolished to make room for a movie studio – maybe. The city council is moving forward, tentatively, with a proposal from Studio Charlotte, but a lot still needs to be worked out.


Bold Visions Compete For Eastland Mall Redevelopment

Jun 4, 2013
City of Charlotte

Two developers have offered bold visions for what the closed Eastland Mall could become.

One proposal focuses on building movie studios while another would create an entertainment complex with a ski slope, ice skating rink and skateboard park.

Both developers, who submitted formal proposals to the city of Charlotte on Friday, also envision residential and retail construction in later phases.

Julie Rose / WFAE

Charlotte taxpayers spent $13 million last summer to buy the deserted Eastland Mall. The city council will vote Tuesday night on spending another $800,000 to tear the mall down. City leaders are hopeful the demolition will make way for new life on the blighted block.


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