Eastland Mall

Local News
9:19 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Movie Studio At Eastland Mall Site Appears Dead

Eastland Mall in 2013, before demolition.
Credit Julie Rose

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.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Eastside Charlotte Update

Vietnamese market and other shops on Central Avenue in east Charlotte.
Credit 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.

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Local News
5:00 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Paying For Film, Part 3: How NC Compares

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.

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Local News
4:57 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Movie Studio Plan For Eastland Mall Moves Ahead

Studio Charlotte CEO Bert Hesse (left) listens and City Neighborhood and Business Services Director Pat Mumford outlines the status of a deal to develop the former Eastland Mall.
Credit 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.

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Charlotte Observer
9:36 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Bold Visions Compete For Eastland Mall Redevelopment

Studio Charlotte Development's Gateway and Cinema Theater on Central Avenue rendering.
Credit 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.

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Local News
6:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Eastland Mall To Be Demolished, Redevelopment Plans Coming This Week

The Charlotte City Council is considering spending $871,000 to demolish Eastland Mall so a private developer can breathe new life into the site.
Julie Rose

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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Local News
2:16 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

City Selects Finalists To Revive Eastland Mall

Charlotte Development and Investment Manager Peter Zeiler (l) gives interested parties a tour of the vacant Eastland Mall in January.
Credit Julie Rose

The City of Charlotte has identified three finalists to breathe life into the now-vacant Eastland Mall and surrounding area.  

The Eastland Mall will not become a doll factory or a multi-generational healthy living community. Those are two of four proposals the city rejected in the first stage of selecting a suitor to remake the 80-acre site on Central Avenue in east Charlotte. But it's still not entirely clear what all three finalists to develop the property have in mind.

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Local News
4:59 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Interest Brewing For Vacant Eastland Mall

An informational meeting for potential buyers and developers of Eastland Mall was held Wednesday morning in a former women's clothing store at the vacant shopping mall.
Julie Rose

Charlotte taxpayers may not know it, but they own a mall.  The city bought Eastland Mall  back in August for $13 million.  When it opened in 1975, it was the largest mall in North Carolina. Then came a decade of steady decline. By 2010 it was completely vacant. WFAE's Julie Rose reports on the latest effort to bring Eastland Mall back to life.

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