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Catawba at Knox will be finished mid-2020


Oct. 6. By Dave Yochum. Groundbreaking has already taken place at West Catawba and Knox Road where Charter Cornelius will build a 48,225-square-foot shopping center on 11 acres.

“We will move forward now toward a project grand opening in 2020 mid-year,” says Paul Brandes, principal at Charter Realty & Development Corp., the Greenwich, CT company that is developing the site which it has held for two decades.


Charter was ​founded in 1993 by Brandes and Daniel Zelson. Charter has acquired and developed more than 60 shopping centers and freestanding properties comprising nearly 10 million square feet with a total acquisition and development cost in excess of $1 billion.

Tenants so far include Five Guys burgers and fries, Aldi’s, Chick-fil-A and Andy’s Frozen Custard. A few others will be announced shortly, Brandes said.

The Cornelius Town Board approved the rezoning for the property back in November after a two-hour public hearing. Residents voiced their opposition to the project.

The town and developer had negotiated a 17 point agreement which outlined a number of steps which would need to be done for the project to proceed, including traffic remediation measures outlined by the state DOT and a traffic impact analysis.


11 Responses to “Catawba at Knox will be finished mid-2020”

  1. So sad. Our little town can’t handle it and does not need another mall with more fast food.

    Posted by Cornelius resident | October 6, 2019, 1:16 pm
  2. Is the Chick Filet in addition to the one on Statesville Rd?

    Posted by janet | October 6, 2019, 2:23 pm
  3. To hell with all of those retailers. We need the trees not more strip malls. I live just off of Knox Rd and am watching those idiots tear down that lovely forest.

    Posted by Jeremy Yarbrough | October 6, 2019, 11:41 pm
  4. Yup what an eyesore for us in Blue Stone Harbor. I measured what went from 80 feet to 50 feet from the street. The actual measurement is less than 35 feet. Disgusting . We’re a fast food Mecca!!! Hip hip hurray!

    Posted by Martha Acquisto | October 12, 2019, 10:28 am
  5. Does anyone know what will happen to the bike lane on Knox? How about sidewalks? This new shopping center is going to impact traffic on Knox in a very big way!

    Posted by Betty Moon | October 14, 2019, 9:43 pm
  6. Yeah I mean isn’t lake Norman suppose to be known as classy and healthy. Instead we are not being environmentally friendly and shoving more stuff in an already overcrowded area. And all of it is junk food. And city planners do not think about the animals. I have foxes running in my yard they take away their migrational path. I just need to move to Switzerland.

    Posted by NW | December 10, 2019, 9:40 pm
  7. Yay!!! I’ve been waiting for an Aldi’s!!!

    Posted by Jamie | January 28, 2020, 1:59 pm
  8. Shopping centers are indeed a fact of life. Developers do what they are permitted to do. Why not force developers to use the property responsibly with an eye towards the natural beauty that is Cornelius, NC? Nope! Cut down all the trees and create another retail blight. Residents don’t seem to be aware of their very own neighborhood. Look at the footprint! Half of it is ASPHALT. What a waste of natural beauty. Isn’t Catawba busy enough?

    Posted by George | June 7, 2020, 9:00 am

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