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Catawba at Knox will be finished mid-2020

CLEARING UNDER WAY FOR NEW SHOPPING CENTER

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.

WEST CATAWBA RUNS ALONG THE BOTTOM OF THIS SITE PLAN

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.

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.

Discussion

8 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

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